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Citizen's Police AcademyIn order to enhance and develop citizen awareness and understanding of the police role in the community, the Bristol Tennessee Police Department has developed a Citizen's Police Academy. This "new" concept in law enforcement is designed for citizens of different backgrounds and occupations.
This program consist of (27) hours of police training with a majority of the instruction being "hands-on". Training areas covered include traffic stops, criminal investigation procedures, firearms and self defense instruction, accident investigation, narcotics and vice investigation, domestic violence and D.U.I. enforcement. In addition, students are required to ride for two (2) shifts on patrol with a certified officer.
The objective is not to make the "graduates" of the course police officers, but better informed citizens with a greater general knowledge of our many functions. We also hope to foster enhanced community relations through these graduates and the people they touch in every day life.
Citizens applying for the Citizens Police Academy must adhere to the following standards:
1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
2. No criminal history other than minor traffic violations.
3. Physically able to meet training requirements.
4. Must attend one night per week (3 hours per night) for 9 weeks.
5. Must ride two shifts on patrol (up to 8 hours each).
6. Must sign all required waivers and agreements.
There is a $50 fee to cover some administrative costs. Due to classroom size, the Academy will be limited to 20 persons per academy with no exceptions. Attending the Citizens Police Academy is a privilege, not a right; applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis; and will be accepted pending background investigations.
This is how you will be notified if accepted to the Citizen's Police Academy.
A physical impairment is NOT an eliminating factor.
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