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Citizen's Police Academy - How to make your neighborhood safer

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Citizen's Police Academy

Introduced in the South Precinct in 1994, the Citizen's Police Academy has now been introduced into each of the six precincts throughout the city. Enrollment in the Academy is open to all citizens and as its popularity has grown so has the waiting list for attending the ten week course.

The Citizen's Police Academy, which is held twice a week for two and a half hours, is led by officer/instructors from different bureaus within the Department. Topics covered include: Gang Awareness, Communications, Vehicle Theft, Crisis Intervention, Sex Crimes/Juvenile Abuse, Patrol Procedures, and Crime Prevention.

As Academy participants become more familiar with the operations of the Memphis Police Department they gain a better understanding of the problems and policies facing Memphis law enforcement officers.

Taking this new understanding a step further, many of the Citizen's Police Academy graduates become Precinct Goodwill Ambassadors. These Goodwill Ambassadors act as liaisons between the police and the community.

In 1999,  the first Latin American Citizen's Police Academy was held, graduating 27 Ambassadors. 

For information on attending a Citizen's Police Academy contact your local precinct.

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