Citizens' Police Academy
Wednesday, April 17 through Wednesday, May 29
The CPA has given members of our community, including business and community leaders, an inside look at law enforcement. The CPA is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the partnership between the Gilbert Police Department and the community. During the academy, citizens are introduced to:
• K-9 Unit
• Tactical Operations Unit (SWAT Team)
• Police Department Tour
• Police Ethics
• Discipline Policy/Philosophy
• Patrol Operations
• Criminal Investigations
• Drug Enforcement
• Gang Enforcement
• Traffic Laws
• D.U.I. Laws
• Firearms Safety and Orientation
Academy classes are taught by police trainers and veteran officers. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the Police Chief, and they are encouraged to ask questions and interact with police employees. The Gilbert Police Department believes there will be a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in the community through the education provided by the Citizens' Police Academy.
Classes meet once a week for seven consecutive Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The classes are held weekly at the Gilbert Police Department Public Safety Complex Amphitheaer at 75 E. Civic Center Drive. Upon completion of the academy, all participants receive a Certificate of Graduation and are invited to join the Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association. Alumni members are able to attend special lectures and training to aid the police with certain emergencies, serve as administrative support, or assist with police department functions.
Potential candidates for the Citizens' Police Academy must meet the following criteria:
• Minimum age of 18
• Live or work in the Town of Gilbert
• No prior felony arrests
• No misdemeanor arrests within five years of the application
For information on this program and/or an application to enroll in this special course, call the CPA hotline at (480) 635-7520. Enrollment is limited to approximately 35 students per session.