Citizens Police Academy
The Fayetteville Police Department Citizens Police Academy is a community serving project, which seeks to involve all concerned citizens in the safety and welfare of their community. Together, we can create a coalition of citizens and police working together to make the City of Fayetteville an even safer place to live and work.
Providing Knowledge of Police Operations
The academy is designed to foster a better understanding and improve communication between citizens and police through knowledge. The intent of the academy is to provide a real working knowledge of police operations instead of what is displayed in the media. Citizens of Fayetteville are given an opportunity to increase their understanding of how police officers are trained, the skills required, and the daily responsibilities involved in serving the community.
The department will have an opportunity to gain insight into how citizens feel about their police department and, in doing so will be provided with an effective way to better serve and address the concerns of the residents.
Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, patrol tactics, arrest procedures, and many other related subjects. They will learn about the processing of a crime scene, conduct a ride-along with an officer, and watch a K-9 demonstration. All of this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.
The objective of the academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but rather to make them better informed citizens, with an accurate knowledge of our many responsibilities and functions. Participants will meet for approximately two hours once a week for 10 weeks, with additional sessions available. There is no cost to attend to academy.
We would like to encourage interested citizens to please submit application as possible the class has limited seating. Applicants must have no criminal convictions within the last three years and must be at least 18 years of age. Applications are available online. If you desire additional information, please contact the Community Policing Division at 479-587-3580.