Citizens' Police Academy
The Citizens' Police Academy is a group of citizens who are interested in learning more about how the police department operates and the policing challenges our city faces. Participants in each session commit to meeting for three hours one night per week, for ten weeks, to learn about each aspect of the department.
The purpose of the Independence Citizens' Police Academy is to develop positive relations between the police and community through education. The goals are to create a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who have the potential of influencing public opinions about police practices and services. Citizens will gain an appreciation of the programs and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.
Instructors are officers and personnel from the department who speak on their areas of expertise, as well as specialized guest speakers.
Participants must be at least juniors in high school or older. They do not have to be Independence residents, but an interest in the City or an interest in law enforcement is helpful. Participants are chosen at the discretion of the Academy Coordinator.
At the completion of the academy, graduates will be able to participate in the ride along program.
If you are interested in becoming a participant in the next Citizens' Police Academy, contact Sgt. Chris Rapp at (816) 325-7876.