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Citizens’ Police Academy

The Citizens’ Police Academy’s primary objective is to afford an opportunity for community, business and religious leaders to become informed and educated about the many aspects of police work. The Academy is designed to give the attendees exposure as to why police respond to various situations in a particular way and how they ultimately handle those situations.

We believe the academy experience will be a pleasant introduction to the role of policing and its role in society. The ultimate goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to foster relationships between law enforcement, communities and businesses. We hope to create an alliance that leaves us with voices in the community to act as ambassadors to build solid partnerships, creating a better quality of life for those we serve.

Academy Objectives

Our Academy will give attendees the opportunity to learn about and participate in:

  • The benefits of public service
  • The challenges and demands associated with law enforcement
  • Selected police units
  • Practical applications that demonstrate the aspects of the police officer’s job
  • The many facets of the criminal justice system
  • How police interact with the court system
  • Safety procedures required in policing
  • Techniques used in addressing crime in our community

The Citizens’ Police Academy is a 16-class (15-week) program held once a year. Evening classes are from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Topics Covered

  • Patrol Operations and Procedures
  • Crime Analysis
  • Media Relations
  • Homeland Security
  • Residential Security
  • Internal Affairs
  • Probable Cause and Arrest Procedures
  • Use of Force and Shooting Policy
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Firearms Interdiction and Violent Crimes
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • CSI and Forensics
  • Hazardous Devices
  • Financial and Cyber Crimes
  • Internet Safety and Sex Offender Registry
  • Traffic Laws and Enforcement
  • Gangs
  • Mobile Crisis and Hostage Negotiation
  • Support Operations
  • Courts and State’s Attorney’s Office
  • Communications (911 Center)
  • Citizen Leadership

To Apply

Applicants will be subject to a background check. Exceptions to the application process may be approved by the program coordinator. Applicants must be either:

  • Adult residents of Baltimore County
  • Police department or County government employees
  • Business leaders

Nomination Form

The Citizens’ Police Academy Nomination Form (PDF) has been designed for completion and electronic submission. Upon bringing up the form:

  • Use the Tab key to go from one field to the next.
  • Boxes outlined in red are mandatory fields.
  • Please complete all information as requested.
  • A signature is not required if this Form is being sent electronically. However, please fill in the date the application is being submitted as enrollment is limited.
  • When complete, select "Submit via email" for electronic submission
  • The "Print Form" function will allow you to print a copy of your Nomination Form for your records.

More Information

Information on the program may be obtained and questions regarding the completion of the form may be directed to the Youth and Community Resources Section by calling 410-887-5901.

Revised January 8, 2015

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