The Grand Rapids Police Department is proud to offer the Citizens Police Academy to local and surrounding residents. Designed to increase the understanding of the Police Department's operations, the Academy is conducted over a seven week period. Students will learn from department personnel who are experts in the areas of SWAT, K-9, narcotics, major crimes, patrol, traffic laws, firearms and other related fields. All students will participate in practical demonstrations and a ride-along sometime during the Academy session.
Students will gain an overall knowledge of the Grand Rapids Police Department, how we are organized, how we serve the community, and how we respond when citizens call. Even though the subject matter is similar to a traditional police academy, the Citizens' Academy is not designed to prepare students to be police officers. There is no exercise or stress in this academy as might be found in a traditional police academy, and we encourage people of all ages over 21 years to attend. A typical class will consist of 16 people of all age groups.
Instructors are drawn from all levels of the department. Students will meet the Chief of Police, Supervisors, patrol officers, Investigators, dispatchers, Jailers and other Public Safety Agencies. We encourage students to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizens' Police Academy is to increase understanding between our citizens and the Police Department, and to enhance the strong relationship, which already exists.