Citizen’s police academy accepting applications

The Nashville Police Department is proud to announce that the summer session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin Monday, June 13th, at the Hermitage Precinct.  Nashvillians interested in learning about the inner workings and law enforcement strategies of their police department are cordially invited to apply for this free 11-week course.


Classes will be held on Monday nights from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. through August 29th in the community room of the Hermitage Precinct, 3701 James Kay Lane.  Because class size is limited, interested persons are urged to apply now.  The deadline for applications is Thursday, June 2nd.

Participants will learn about police work through the perspective of a variety of guest speakers, including members of the police department’s specialized components.  Topics will include gangs, narcotics enforcement, domestic violence, traffic/DUI enforcement, internet crimes, emergency preparedness, crime prevention and the judicial process.  There will also be a tour of the Emergency Communications Center and a demonstration by the Aviation, Canine and Mounted Units.

“This will be the 34th session of the Citizen Police Academy, one of the police department’s most popular outreach programs with more than 1,400 graduates,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “The classes provide significant insight into this police department’s various divisions and components.  There is no better time than now to apply for the June session.”

Each applicant should commit to attending at least 9 of the 11 sessions (there will be no class on Monday, July 4th), be a Davidson County resident/business owner at least 21years old, and have no arrest record (excluding minor traffic violations).  While completion of the course gives citizens an understanding of the workings of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, it does not make a participant a certified law enforcement officer, nor is it designed to train citizens to perform law enforcement duties.  Applications can also be submitted on the Internet by logging onto http://www.nashville.gov/Police-Department/Get-Involved/Citizen-Police-Academy.aspx

Persons desiring an application by mail or fax, or persons with questions, are invited to contact Noelle Yazdani, the department’s Citizen Police Academy Co-Coordinator, at 615-880-2892.