Citizens' Police Academy

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Citizens' Police Academy ......a community policing program.

Minimum age to attend the class is 16 years old (with parents permission). *** 
Anyone under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent / Guardian sign a release/permission form on the first night of class. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children but will not be required after the first night of class.

What is the Smyrna Citizens' Police Academy?

Police Departments across the nation have adopted the "Community Policing" philosophy. Locally, the Smyrna Police Department has implemented different ways of working more closely with citizens on problem-solving in the community.

The Citizens Police Academy will provide participants with an opportunity to gain a broad perspective of the police profession. The twelve-week Academy is designed to give citizens an overview of the department's functions and procedures, while providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relating to the community. However, be aware the Academy is not designed to train the participants to perform any law enforcement services.

Citizens' Police Academy Applications
The schedule for the 2020 CPA Classes will be posted here when the schedule is released. For twelve consecutive weeks, usually beginning in early February, classes meet on Thursdays from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Classes will be taught by department personnel and guest instructors. Participants are encouraged to express ideas, concerns and questions about any aspect of the department's operations.

Citizens' Police Academy Online Registration
(Check back in December for registration information for the 2020 CPA)

Print the Citizens' Police Academy Application

Some of the topics covered in the Academy:            

  • History of Law Enforcement
  • Communications
  • Patrol
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Judicial System
  • Fire & Safety Equipment
  • Defense Tactics
  • Tactical Operations
  • D.A.R.E.
  • Gangs
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Abuse
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Narcotics
  • K-9 Operations
  • S.W.A.T. Operations

Disclaimer-Please Read
The "Academy" does not train participants to perform any law enforcement or public safety services; nor is there any law enforcement or public safety empowerment implied or assigned by the Town of Smyrna or the State of Tennessee to participants in the program.

All applicants will undergo a background investigation. Potential candidates must also meet the following criteria:

  • Live or work in the Town of Smyrna, or have a vested interest in the growth, development or cultural well-being of the community.
  • No felony convictions.
  • No convictions for DUI, any drug offense or any offense involving moral turpitude.
  • No history of mental illness.
  • Applicants must be approved by the Chief of Police Kevin Arnold. Written notifications will be sent to those that are accepted.

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