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Citizens Police Academy


What is the citizen police academy?
The Garland Citizen Police Academy focuses attention on the internal values, philosophy, and operations of the Garland Police Department. Designed for citizens, the academy educates citizens about the "How’s and Why’s" of the department, and the citizen’s role in the interaction of citizens and police. Students are encouraged to share this realistic view of the department with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in their neighborhoods through shared responsibilities and resources.

What topics are covered?
Various members of the police department cover a wide variety of topics in the Citizen Police Academy. For example, Patrol operations are discussed as well as crime investigations. Citizens will be able to talk to Patrol officers during the "ride-along" program. Domestic violence, recruiting, narcotics, internal affairs, and discipline are but a few of the many topics discussed during the course of the academy.

Where does the academy meet?
The Garland Citizen Police Academy classes are held at the Garland Police Department, multi-purpose room, at 1891 Forest Lane, Garland, Texas 75042.

How do I sign up?
The department selects 30 applicants for each academy and each class consists of a cross-section of Garland citizens. The Academy is held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall. For additional information please contact:

Mike Hatfield
Community Relations Officer 

Start dates for upcoming classes:
        August 14, 2014
        March 5, 2015
        August 13, 2015

Citizens Police Academy Application

After Graduation...
Keep informed and stay involved. Join the Garland Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association.