West Chester Police Department
Citizen Police Academy: Getting a Closer Look at Police Work
Citizen Police Academy is a part of West Chester University, a series of informative programs offered to encourage better communication between West Chester Township government and the residents and businesses of the community.
The Citizen Police Academy is designed to give civilians a closer look at the workings of the Police Department. Participants in the course will cover topics such as: Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, Traffic Investigations and much more. Participants will visit the shooting range, the township jail and forensics lab as part of the course.
"The Citizen Police Academy was created to build a strong and lasting partnership between the Police Department and the community," said Police Chief Erik Niehaus. "Participants will learn firsthand about our operations to foster a better understanding between police and the public."
The Citizen Police Academy is offered each year and is open to 20 students. The 10-week course is taught by police department personnel. Classes meet Tuesday evenings between 6 and 9 p.m.
Applicants must be at least 21 years old and either reside or work in West Chester Township. A number of other criteria must be met before being accepted into this program. Applications must be submitted for consideration.
For more information about the program, contact West Chester Police Community Affairs at (513) 759-7280.