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Citizen Programs

The Citizen's Police Academy is a revolutionary concept in law enforcement and police/community relations. As part of a continuing program to develop citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement, the Jackson Police Department has created a police academy course designed for citizens of all backgrounds and occupations.

The eight-week/24 hour training program consists of classroom and "hands-on" instruction. Topics covered include the job of the uniformed patrol officer, investigative procedures, tactical operations, laws and legal issues, use of the "drug dog" an Drug Task Force Operations. Students will participate in many interesting activities such as touring police facilities, using police equipment, and collecting evidence and role-play scenarios.

Graduates of this course will not be police officers or vigilantes, but will be better-informed citizens. The graduates will be in a position to relate their experiences to friends and co-workers.

Each applicant must be 21 years of age to attend the class. Each applicant must answer all questions on the application form. To graduate, each student must attend six of the eight classes. Therefore, prior to applying each student must determine whether or not they can attend the minimum number of classes required for graduation. The class meets each Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Jackson Police Department.

NOTE: Eligibility for this program can not be considered if any of the following apply:

  • Felony Conviction
  • A or B Misdemeanor Conviction
  • Any Drug Conviction
  • Domestic Assault Conviction
  • Any Active Warrants

The Next Citizen's Police Academy - The new class will start on March 31, 2015 until and run through May 19, 2015. 

The deadline for applications is March 27, 2015.

An application for the Citizen's Police Academy may be obtained at the front desk of the Jackson Police Department, by calling Sergeant Abe Jones at (731)425-8523, or may be filled out on line now.

Mail your completed application to Sergeant Abe Jones, CPA Coordinator, at the Jackson Police Department 234 Instutute Street, Jackson, TN 38301 or contact (731)425-8523.