Citizens Police Academy

Mission Statement
The Citizen Police Academy is an endeavor by the Blytheville Police Department to educate citizens about law enforcement policies, procedures, functions and services. The mission of the Citizen Police Academy is to give the public a working knowledge of the Blytheville Police Department in an effort to better understand Police Officers, their Duties and functions.
The Citizen Police Academy is designed to strengthen police community relations to help encourage community led problem solving. The academy will not create police officers, but instead educate citizens about law enforcement policies, procedures and the laws that govern law enforcement actions. The Department will benefit by being afforded a better understanding of the views and concerns of our community. The Community will benefit from the academy on the premise that the public and police are one.

General Outline
The Blytheville Police Department Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is an 8 week course that generally meets every Thursday night from 6 to 9 pm. Class times and locations may differ depending on the material being taught. All class dates times and locations will be announced in advanced.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must:
•Be at least 21 years of age
•Live or work within the City Limits of Blytheville AR
•Be in good standing within the community
•Have no prior felony arrests
•Have had no serious misdemeanor arrests in the last 5 years
•Have no history of Domestic Violence
•Commit to attending 75 percent of the classes during the session

Instructors
The instructors of the CPA will be officers from the Blytheville Police Department. The instructors will speak on their area of expertise. There may at times be guest instructors representing their field of expertise as well. The CPA is coordinated through the Professional Standards Officer of the Blytheville Police Department.

How to Participate
Participants are required to submit an application to attend. If you would like to participate please fill out the application online or you can down load an application and submit it to the department by email to jeremyward@blythevillepd.org or deliver it by hand or mail to the Blytheville Police Department 201 W. Walnut Blytheville AR 72315.

When and Where
Each academy class will be set and the date, times and locations will be announced specific to that particular class. Check here for the latest class information.

For more information, contact Capt. Jeremy Ward at 870-763-0400 or jeremyward@blythevillepd.org

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