The Mobile Police Department Citizens Academy is held two times a year to introduce the public to the challenges of law enforcement today. The classes meet once a week for 10 or 11 weeks and provide citizens with a hands-on perspective of police work.

Applications for the academy are taken year around and can be downloaded from this website or obtained from the Mobile Police Academy located at 1251 Virginia Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The classes are taught by police officials with expertise in the given areas of instruction. A vital part of the Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to ride with a patrol officer and visit several law enforcement facilities, including Metro Jail and Communications. They will be trained to handle firearms at the MPD Pistol Range.

The program is free and class size is limited. Applicants that meet the requirements for participation will be admitted on a first come-first serve basis.

The Mobile Police Department started the program in 2001 as a way of building partnerships with citizens to fight crime and improve safety citywide. On various occasions, the Police Department has convened graduates of the program for their input on projects or issues.

The upcoming class will focus on all the units of the Police Department and their methods to fight crime and aid victims. Topics include crime scene security and investigations, traffic operations, tactical unit callouts, the bomb squad, case investigation, crime prevention and more.

Participation is limited to residents of the city or its police jurisdiction who are at least 21 years of age and have no significant arrest history. They must present a valid Alabama driver's license and be willing to undergo a background check.

Interested persons may download an application from the police Web site. They also can have an application sent to them by calling the Training Academy at 208-2730.

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