Friday, August 21, 2009

Citizens' Academy

Next Session: September 14 - December 14, 2009 (12 weeks)Mondays, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Citizens' Academy is now accepting applications for its upcoming class. Members of the public who are interested in attending the 12-week training session may obtain an application at one of the following locations:

IMPD Training Academy (901 N. Post Road)
Downtown District (25 W. 9th Street)
North District (3120 E. 30th Street)
Northeast District (3229 N. Shadeland Avenue)
Northwest District (3821 Industrial Boulevard)
Southeast District (1150 S. Shelby Street)
Southwest District (551 N. King Street)

The purpose of the Citizens' Academy is to increase the public's understanding of law enforcement duties and responsibilities in order to foster cooperative problem solving between the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the community. There is no charge for the classes which are designed to give citizens information relating to the training police officers are provided. Topics that will be covered include:

USE OF FORCE -- Highlights appropriate use of force, and the hands-on Firearms Training System (FATS). NO LIVE FIREARMS.

COMMUNICATIONS -- Field trip to the metropolitan communication center.

CRIMINAL LAW -- Question and answer session from "Introduction to Criminal Law.

"SPECIAL UNIT PRESENTATIONS -- The functions of special units such as K-9, SWAT, SCUBA and Tactical Air Patrol will be discussed by unit members during the 12-week course.

In addition, the opportunity to participate in FATS (Firearms Automated Training System), traffic stop scenarios, and the Department's Ride-Along-Program will be available.

The 12-week sessions are held one day each week. The classes are conducted at the IMPD Training Academy, 901 North Post Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Comments from members of past Citizens' Academy classes were: "I wish every citizen could take this class...informative, enlightening, fun...worthwhile investment of time and energy...very educational...(the class shows) its not like on t.v...the training that the officer goes through gives me an even greater respect for law enforcement officers."

Applicants must be 18 years of age, live or work in the IMPD service district, and be subject to a criminal history check.

For further information on this free program call the IMPD's Training Academy at 327-6650. An application in .pdf format may be printed from this website and mailed to the address on the form

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