The Dayton Police Department holds a Citizens Police Academy twice a year for Dayton-area residents interested in learning about our police department and working with officers on projects to promote safety in our community. There is generally one 12-week session in the Spring and another in the Fall.
The program is a unique, hands-on, and interactive experience for people who want to learn more about what police officers do in their day-to-day work. Students experience police techniques, including handling firearms. Other lessons cover specialized training and practicing problem solving skills that officers use to resolve conflicts they see in the line of duty. There is also an opportunity for students to learn and participate in mock scenarios including traffic stops, evidence collection, and building searches.
Citizen Academy rosters are limited to 20-25 people and participants must pass a basic background check. Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6-8pm.