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Citizens’ Police Academy

Goals and Mission Statement

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.

Our Academy will give attendees the opportunity to see the benefits of public service and learn about the challenges and demands associated with law enforcement. Attendees will learn about selected police units and will participate in practical applications that demonstrate the aspects of the police officer’s job. They will also learn about the many facets of the criminal justice system and how police interact with the court system.

We believe the academy experience will be a pleasant introduction to the role of policing and its role in society. Our attendees will gain a greater understanding of the safety procedures required in policing and will learn some of the techniques used in addressing crime in our community.

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, thus creating a better quality of life for those we serve.

The Citizens’ Police Academy is a 16-class (15-week) program held once a year. Evening classes 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturday class 9 a.m. - 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 must be adult residents of Baltimore County, police department or county government employees, or business leaders. Exceptions may be approved by the program coordinator. Applicants will be subject to a background check.

The Nomination Form 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.

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.

Citizens’ Police Academy Nomination Form (PDF)

Revised January 9, 2014

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