The Citizens’ Police Academy was founded in 2004 to invite members of the community to participate in a learning activity to raise the awareness of the Police Department’s duties and role in the community, to enhance and promote a positive relationship between the police and community, and to share how the Department operates and what policing challenges our city faces. At the end of 2015, our Department had hosted and completed 14 sessions. These factors also enticed the development and delivery of a Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Academy, in which new elements and issues are introduced to citizens who have attended a previous session of the Citizens’ Police Academy. This learning experience has left the graduates with a greater understanding of everyone’s role in crime prevention and provided them firsthand knowledge of what is required of today’s law enforcement.
Through a structured curriculum taught by Officers and personnel from the Department, along with specialized guest speakers, students participate in a variety of activities such as touring the Carroll County 911 center & Carroll County Jail, and participating in a ride along program with on duty Officers. Classes are held to cover many different topics such as: Judicial Systems, K-9 Program, Narcotics, Judgmental Shooting & Use of Force, Uniform Patrol, Driving Simulations, Internal Affairs, and many more.