Community Oriented Policing Unit
Citizen's Police Academy
The Citizen Police Academy is a eleven-week
program designed to educate and inform citizens about issues
that face law enforcement efforts in the Henry County. Each
session consists of eleven consecutive Tuesday night classes
and one Saturday class at Henry County Police Department Training
facilities. The instruction is comprehensive and each week
separate areas of the department are covered.
The goal of the Citizen Police Academy
is not only to help local residents better understand police
work in their community, but to develop stronger ties between
our community and police agencies in an effort to better address
crime issues. Community Based Policing is an important and
vital aspect of crime control in any community. It is through
community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure
quality police services in an organized effective crime prevention
effort. The Citizen Police Academy is yet another mechanism
for local police departments to inform the public of what
they do, improve communication, and obtain citizen input,
assistance, and support throughout the county.
The instruction provided at the
Citizen Police Academy will include topics relevant to Henry
County crime problems, such as: crime prevention and community
based policing, drugs, gangs, DUI and traffic enforcement,
investigations, the Use of Force Model and use of force, firearms
safety and the law, and a tour of the Henry County Jail.
How the Citizen Police Academy Benefits Residents:
- Citizens and police officers have an opportunity to work
- Open lines of communication between community residents
and their police are enhanced
- Citizens gain the ability to make informed decisions regarding
controversial issues faced by their communities
- Citizen involvement with their local community and police
departments is enhanced
- Citizens gain a better understanding of how their police
departments work and develop ways in which the community
can better reduce crime
- Citizens become aware of the problems facing their police
We hope the graduates of the Citizen’s Police Academy
become more aware and better informed about how the Police
Department operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers
and families to join the Henry County Police Department in
this rewarding program.
The Police Department offers two sessions of the Citizens Police Academy per year. The following sessions will be offered in 2013: March 5th-May 14th & September 10th-November 19th. The classes are held once a week on Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Classes are free of charge, but involve a commitment to attend a eleven week session. Most of the classes are held at the Henry County Police Department Training Room.
Potential candidates for the Citizen Police Academy must
meet the following criteria:
- Minimum age of 18
- Live/work in Henry County
- No prior felony arrests
- No misdemeanor arrests within six months of the application
Citizen Police Academy students
are selected by the Police Chief through an application process.
The names of the selected candidates are then placed on a
waiting list. Enrollment is limited to approximately thirty
students per session.
For more information on the Citizen's Police Academy, please the contact Uniform Patrol Office Manager at (770) 288-8285 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download and print the application
here. Please return your completed application to the Henry County Police Department located at: 108 S. Zack Hinton Pkwy. McDonough, GA 30253.