St. Joseph County Police Department
The Citizen's Police Academy is an instructional program that facilitates community involvement of the citizens of St. Joseph County. This comprehensive program provides the information of the law enforcement profession and its governing principles.
The Citizen's Police Academy will introduce citizens to law enforcement issues and St. Joseph County Police procedures. This course is not intended to train individuals to perform law enforcement duties or take police action. However, it serves as an overview of the training, functions and procedures of the St. Joseph County Police Department. Classes are instructed by department administrators and officers who have experience and considerable knowledge of law enforcement.
Classes are offered in the spring and fall of each year at no cost to the participants. Classes meet each Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for twelve weeks. Individuals 18 and over who live, work, or attend school in St. Joseph County are eligible to apply. Class size is limited, and participants are subject to a criminal background check prior to acceptance.
Graduation ceremonies are held the final week of the academy, at which time students receive an achievement certificate.
Class topics include:
Department Organization, chain of command, rules and procedures
Citizen complaint process
Criminal Investigation, crime scene preservation and evidence collection
Use of Force policy
Recruiting and selection process
Patrol tactics, accident investigations, police ride-along
Firearms training/safety SWAT
Narcotics investigations, court systems
Tours: St Joseph County Jail, Juvenile Justice System, Metro Homicide
For more information please call: 574-245-6540
Citizen's Police Academy
401 W. Sample St. South Bend, IN 46601 574-245-6500