What is the Citizens Police Academy
The South Lyon, Novi, Walled Lake, Wixom and Wolverine Lake Police Departments have created the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy. This is a 30-hour instructional course designed to give the public a working knowledge of police department personnel and policies.â‹
When are classes held?
The Citizens Police Academy is held twice a year, once in Spring and once in Fall. Classes are held for 3 hours, once per week for 10 weeks. Instruction covers the many facets of police work, meeting at different police departments as well as visiting a gun range and a crime lab. The experience is completed with a graduation ceremony.
The March 2016 Class begins March 2nd and runs eleven weeks culminating with a graduation dinner. Classes begin each week at 6:30pm on Wednesdays and usually run between 2 to 3 hours. We are accepting applictaions for the 2016 session.
Who may attend?
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and must live or work in South Lyon, Novi, Walled Lake, Wixom, or Wolverine Lake.
Why a Citizens Academy?
The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy was created to provide citizens with information to enable informed judgements about the police department and police activity. The instructors hope to increase rapport between the police and the community through this educational process.
The Citizens Police Academy is a two-way learning opportunity. Through interaction with the students, police departments become more aware of the concerns of the communities they serve.
What are the topics covered?
The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy covers such diverse topics as police training, communication, criminal investigation, drunk driving procedures, crime prevention, family violence, juvenile law, and the tactical team. Emphasis is placed on the patrol division as that is the segment of the police department that most often has contact with the public. Instruction consists of lectures, tours, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences.â‹
What is the cost to participate?
The classes are free; there are no fees.â‹
How can I enroll?
The South Lyon Police Department is accepting applications for the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy. Applications are available at the police station during normal business hours or by clicking the applications link above.â‹ Contact Sgt. Doug Baaki at 248-437-1773 for more information.