The 2016 Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) classes will be held Thursday evenings from September 1 thru November 3, 2016, from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM at City of Decatur Police HQ. If you would like to learn more about police operations in general and how your Decatur Police Department works from the inside, this is a great opportunity to have many of your questions answered. You will meet many of the officers who serve our department and go on a ride-a-long with an officer during a patrol shift. CPA is also an opportunity to build new relationships with neighbors in your class and for interested CPA graduates, the chance to volunteer for the C.A.P.S. (Citizen’s Assisting Public Safety) program.

Topics covered throughout the Citizen’s Police Academy include Department Functions & Staffing, Recruitment & Training, Criminal Law & Crime Trends in Decatur, Traffic Enforcement, Drug Trends, Firearms Familiarization & Safety, Special Units & Criminal Investigations, Use of Force, Juvenile Procedures and Community Policing & Crime Prevention. There will also be opportunities to tour the DeKalb County Jail and the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Feedback from graduates of the CPA program:

“Take this class because it is great information and allows you to know so much about the community you live in and the police officers who protect you.”

“The experience was great. I enjoyed making friends and talking to some of the people within the class.”

“I have a better understanding of the challenges any police force has and how Decatur handles these challenges.”

“CPA is a glimpse into the life of the City of Decatur police department that allows you to truly appreciate and experience, first hand, the service they provide to us as citizens of Decatur.”

“I never realized all of the intricacies, pitfalls and difficulties of a police officer’s job; now I do.”

“Fantastic course – I wish it lasted another 10 weeks!”

“This was such an interesting and informative look at our community and our police department.”

Completed applications can be mailed or dropped off to Lt. Jennifer Ross, Decatur Police Department, 420 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030 or scanned and emailed to Lt. Ross at . The “Background Check Consent” section needs a witness signature who can be anyone other than you signing. The “Liability Waiver” form must be notarized. If you do not have easy access to a notary (HTP editor’s note: Bring your forms to HTP during regular office hours; call ahead to check), leave your signature blank and we will work on having one of our employees with notary powers come to CPA class and notarize the waiver form. The waiver must be completed and notarized before your ride-a-long. The background check must be completed before you can be accepted into the CPA.

*Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, August 15, 2016.

I have attached the announcement & application in both Word and PDF format. Please let me know if you are having issues opening the attachments.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Lt. Jennifer S. Ross
Decatur Police Department
Community Information & Education Officer

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