The Nashville Police Department is proud to announce that the fall session of the Citizen Police Academy will begin Monday, September 19th, at the Madison 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. It will be the 35th session since the CPA began in 1995.
Classes will be held on Monday nights from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. through December 5th in the community room of the Madison Precinct, 400 Myatt Drive. Because class size is limited, interested persons are urged to apply now. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, September 6th.
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.
“The Citizen Police Academy is absolutely the best way to learn the most about the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “Folks from all walks of life are cordially invited. Participants will most assuredly graduate with knowledge about police work they didn’t have before.”
Each applicant should commit to attending at least 9 of the 11 sessions, be a Davidson County resident/business owner at least 21 years 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.