The Citizens Police Academy is held twice a year to give community residents an up-close look at what police officers do and an understanding of how the department operates. The spring academy meets once a week, on a week night, for 10 weeks with three field trips on Saturday.
Applications for the academy are taken year-round and can be downloaded or obtained from the Mobile Police Academy, located at 1251 Virginia Street, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
The classes are taught by police officials with expertise in their given areas of instruction. A vital part of the Citizens Police Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. Students will also have the opportunity to ride with a patrol officer and visit several law enforcement facilities, including Metro Jail and Communications. Participants will be shown how to handle firearms at the Mobile Metro Firing Range and given the opportunity to fire handguns in a controlled environment.
The program is free and class size is limited. Applicants who 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 classes will focus on all the units of the Police Department and their methods to fight crime and aid victims. Some of the topics covered include the following.
HOW TO APPLY
Click here to download an application. For more information, call 251.208.2720.
Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
The mission of the Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (MCPAAA) is to promote and enhance the relationship between the community and the Mobile Police Department.
Membership is open to graduates of the Mobile Police Department Citizens Academy and sworn officers of the Mobile Police Department.