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This is How We Do It: Citizen Police Academy

Must be 21 years or older

Post Date:01/03/2019 1:00 PM

The West Chester Police Department is now accepting applications for its spring installment of Citizen Police Academy.


The Citizen Police Academy is designed to give civilians a closer look at the workings of the Police Department. The 10-week program will be offered on Wednesday evenings, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning April 3.

Participants learn firsthand about police operations with the goal of fostering better harmony between police and the public. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Non-resident applicants will be considered, but West Chester residents and those who work in West Chester have priority.

Graduates of past programs have included retirees, business leaders, members of the faith community, and elected officials. Even West Chester Police officer recruits have taken the classes.  

Citizen Police Academy curriculum covers: Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Operations, Traffic Investigations and much more. Participants will take aim in the department’s use-of-force training simulator; tour the Township jail and forensics lab; and experience a SWAT training exercise.

Applications for the Citizen Police Academy are available online, at the West Chester Administration Building, 9113 Cincinnati-Dayton Road; and at the Police Department, 9577 Beckett Road, Suite 500. For additional information, call 759-7260.

Citizen Police Academy is held twice per year. Fall classes start the first week of September. 

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