SPD announces Citizen Police Academy

Scottsboro Police Department’s Chief Ron Latimer is proud to announce the 23rd Annual Citizen Police Academy Program, giving area citizens and businesses a unique opportunity to gain some first-hand information about the Scottsboro Police Department and the legal system. The purpose of the Citizen Academy is to increase the public’s understanding of law enforcement duties and responsibilities in order to foster cooperative problem solving between the Scottsboro Police Department and the community.

Only 30 applicants will be accepted for the upcoming class.

The academy is free of charge. Citizens will learn about the challenges faced by police officers, laws affecting citizens, the judicial system and emergency management.

Participants will personally interact with officers, detectives and other personnel in a non-traditional law enforcement setting.

Topics taught during the academy will include police training, roles and responsibilities of officers, use of firearms and deadly force options, criminal investigative skills, traffic laws, crime scene search, communications, narcotics, gang education, specialized units and a minimum of six hour ride along program.

The Scottsboro Police Department is committed to establishing close working relationships with the members of the community we serve and establishing channels of communication in order to be responsive to the needs and desires of our community.

The department aims to build a stronger relationship between the community and the department while educating citizens about police operations.

The nine week program will be held each Tuesday at 6 p.m. beginning March 19.

Applications can be obtained online at scottsboropd.org or in person at the Scottsboro Police Department located at 916 South Broad Street.

Applications must be submitted no later than March 8, 2024.

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