Citizen Police Academy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Middletown Police Department (MPD) Citizen Police Academy?
The MPD Citizen Police Academy, or C.P.A., is designed to give Middletown residents a better understanding of what their police officers do every day. The program provides insight into the philosophy, internal values, and operations of the department. The academy’s slogan, “You and Your Police Department” expresses its ultimate goal: to improve the relationship between town residents and the men and women of your police department. The program gives citizens the opportunity to interact with officers, ask questions, and express any concerns they might have. This two-way communication has proven to be an effective, successful way to accomplish the goals and objectives of the C.P.A.
Who is eligible to attend?
You must be at least 18 years old by the date of the first C.P.A. class, a resident of Middletown and pass a criminal background check.
How much does it cost to attend?
There is no cost to attend the Citizen Police Academy. However, the course does require a substantial time commitment from the student. During the 12-week program students will receive approximately 30 hours of instruction. Students will not be allowed to graduate if they miss more than one session.
Where are the classes held?
At this time there is no Citizens Police Academy scheduled. We will schedule an academy based on public interest. Class size will be limited to 20 participants on a first come first serve basis. The dates for the C.P.A. are:
What is the curriculum at the MPD Citizen Police Academy?
A wide variety of topics are included in the Citizen Police Academy. Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Dispatch and Communications, Traffic and DWI Detection and Prosecution. are just a few examples. Instruction consists of lectures, demonstrations, tours, and practical application. The instructors include department officers, supervisors, and administrators.
What is the benefit of attending the course?
After graduation students may wish to share their new knowledge with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in our community.