The Springfield Citizen Police Academy is a long established and important police/community relations program. It is designed to provide citizens with a better understanding of the nature of police work and to interact with department members in a non-emergency setting.
The Springfield Police Department invites applicants each year to attend the Academy. Applicants must be 18 years or older and preference is given to Springfield residents and people doing business in Springfield. The academy course is designed for citizens from all backgrounds or occupations. Graduates of this course will not be police officers, but will be better-informed citizens. The graduates will be in a position to relate their experiences to friends, and co-workers.
The 33-hour training program consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction. Topics covered include:
- Officer selection and training process,
- the job of the uniformed patrol officer,
- investigation skills,
- tactical operation,
- the K-9 unit,
- use of firearms,
- vice and narcotics,
- records, dispatch and communications,
- crime scene search, and
- crime prevention.
Additionally, students will be actively involved in many interesting activities, such as touring police facilities, using police equipment, and firing the department-issued weapons.
The program is offered at no charge to participants. To graduate, each student must attend at least nine of the eleven classes. Therefore, prior to applying, applicants must determine whether or not they can attend the minimum number of classes for graduation. Graduates of the academy are eligible to become members of the Springfield Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (SCPAAA).
The next academy is scheduled to begin in spring of 2018 and applications will be available in mid-January. Watch this page or follow us on Facebook for news and announcements about the upcoming academy!
For more information, contact Springfield Police Department at 541.726.3714.