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Citizens' Academy

901 N. Post Road
Indianapolis, IN  46229
(317) 327-6650

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department's Citizens' Academy is accepting applications  for its upcoming 11-week training class.  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:

COMMUNITY POLICING/PROBLEM SOLVING - Benefits of police/community partnerships.

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, and Bomb Squad will be discussed by unit members during the 11-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 11-week sessions are held one day each week. The classes are conducted at the IMPD Training Academy, 901 North Post Road, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 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) it's 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.