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Citizens' Academy

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2020 Citizens Academy


Applications Accepted October 1st through December 13th.

Academy Dates

Every Tuesday evening from January 7, 2020 through March 31, 2020. 

Program Purpose

The Citizens Academy, provided by the Richland Police Department, runs from January to March every year. The academy provides information about the operation and programs of the police department and the local criminal justice system.

Academy Goals

The Citizens Academy will give you a better understanding of police operations in our community. It allows police officers, as well as other members of the criminal justice system, an opportunity to hear your perception of how our department is serving your needs.

Topics included are:

  • Accident investigation
  • Bomb squad
  • Community services
  • Criminal investigations
  • Criminal law
  • Defensive tactics
  • Department structure and ethics
  • Judicial / court system
  • Juvenile justice
  • Metro Drug Task Force
  • Patrol procedures
  • Support services division
  • SWAT team
  • Tour of communications center
  • Tour of jail
  • Traffic enforcement

Attending the Academy

The Academy will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Richland Police Station. The academy will consist of 12 sessions and one Saturday as a field day. There is no cost to attend.

Due to the sensitive nature of some of the material presented, persons wishing to attend will have to successfully pass a limited background check.

To Apply

Fill out the application online by clicking here.  

Print and mail the 2020 Citizens Academy Application here.

For more information about the Citizens' Academy please contact Crime Prevention Specialist Cerise Peck at (509) 942-7636.

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