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Sign Up for the Citizens Police Academy

What's it like to be an Atlanta Police Officer? Find out for yourself by signing up for the Citizens Police Academy, starting Oct. 3.

Now’s your chance to shadow the Atlanta Police.

Sign up for the Citizens Police Academy, beginning Oct. 3 and running through Nov. 14. You can learn how the Atlanta Police Department (APD) operates through class courses in crime scenes, a department overview and a ride-along with police officers as they work their beat, according to a press release.

The Citizens Police Academy includes more than 30 hours of instruction taught in three-hour sessions. You have to commit to three hours, one night a week, for seven weeks. Classes are held every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Herbert T. Jenkins Atlanta Police Academy, 180 Southside Industrial Parkway, Atlanta.

You have to live in the metro Atlanta area, be at least 21 years old, and have no felony or misdemeanor convictions within the past year. A standard background check will also be completed.

The APD has adopted a community-oriented philosophy and relies upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. Besides learning what it’s like to be a police officer, you can also give feedback to the APD.

With more than 1,959 sworn officers, the APD is the largest law enforcement agency in Georgia.

Sessions fill up quickly, so sign up soon. Contact Sgt. C. Hannula in the Community Services Division for an application at channula@atlantaga.gov or 404-546-7511.

John Wolfinger August 30, 2012 at 12:52 PM
As a graduate of Class 15 of this Academy - I highly recommend this as a way to be a more informed citizen. My favorite parts of the program was a chance to operate the robot that picks up a "suspicious package" and place it in the detonating chamber, and the ride-alongs with on-duty Officers working their beat. The world looks a lot different seen thru the windshield of an APD cruiser. The lecture on the legal aspects of what an Officer can and cannot do is enlightening and helps to explain all of the rules that APD has to follow in their every day activities. All in all, the time spent in these classes is an investment to heighten the safety awareness of you and your family and neighbors.

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