The Academy is open to all residents of Springfield who are at least 18 years old. Non-residents are encouraged to apply and will be considered if the class does not fill to capacity. There is no cost to attend. The application deadline is Friday February 17th.
“Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of our police officers and department. The Citizens Police Academy has been and continues to be a valuable way for our officers to get to know the residents they serve. It offers our community members a different perspective as they get to see some of the stressful situations our officers are put in and the split-second decisions they have to make. I encourage anyone in our city to take part in this enlightening Academy that has a strong track record of satisfied students,” said Springfield Police Superintendent Cheryl Clapprood.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “I am excited to see the return of our very successful Citizens Police Academy. The Academy enhances community-police relations, and allows residents to see firsthand the inside workings of the Springfield Police Department and what our brave and dedicated officers do day-in and day-out.”
The Citizens Police Academy will hold classes on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Springfield Training Facility located at 299 Page Boulevard. The Academy will begin on Tuesday March 7th and graduation will be held on Tuesday May 23rd.
Springfield Police Officers will cover topics including but not limited to Criminal & Constitutional Law, Use of Force, Crime Analysis, Forensics, Body-Worn Cameras and Patrol Procedures.
The application form and other information is available on our website by following this link Citizens Police Academy - Springfield Police Department (springfieldmapolice.com). Don’t wait, these classes fill up quickly!