Citizens Police Academy

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The Coral Springs Police Department Citizens Police Academy provides residents and City business owners with an overview of what actual police cadets learn during several months of intense training.

For participants, the Citizens Police Academy is a thorough look at how each topic - from the police budget to traffic enforcement to criminal investigation - relates to and affects our own community. It is not a by-the-book method of conventional law enforcement education.

The Citizens Police Academy is open to any Coral Springs resident or business owner over the age of 18. In addition, consent for a background check is required prior to admission into the program.

The Academy meets one night a week for 14 weeks at the Public Safety Building.

After completion of the Citizens’ Police Academy, graduates can continue their police education by joining the Alumni group. In addition to meeting every other month to enjoy learning about expanded criminal justice topics, alumni members are often asked to assist the Police Department in City of Coral Springs special events, such as the Holiday parade, Our Town, and other such events.

Lecture topics have include expanded versions of Academy subjects, guest speakers from different federal law enforcement agencies, and jail tours. Graduates may also become involved in the Community Assisted Patrol.

Program Overview

We are pleased to announce the Coral Springs Police Department 40th Citizens Police Academy will begin in April 2020, and will meet Thursday evenings from 6PM to 9PM. Applications will be available after the 2019 holiday season. The Citizens Police Academy is a 14-week program consisting of one class a week on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. At the Coral Springs Police Department, 2801 Coral Springs Drive. The classes cover topics such as Road Patrol Operations, K9, Special Investigations, Communications, and SWAT. There will also be multiple opportunities for hands-on learning through equipment demonstrations, practical scenarios, and ride-a-longs with patrol officers.

The Citizens Police Academy is free to the public and all applicants must be at least 18 years of age with no felony convictions and are subject to a background check. Selection preferences will be given to Coral Springs residents and those who work or own a business within the City, however everyone is encouraged to apply. Coral Springs Police Department encourages all applicants to be able to commit to the full 14 weeks to get the most out of the program. Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are eligible to become a Community Assisted Patrol Volunteer or join the Alumni Association for continued learning opportunities and involvement with the Coral Springs Police Department.

Any questions about the Citizens Police Academy can be directed to Debbie Hamilton 954-346-1746 | dhamilton@coralsprings.org.