The Muskegon Police Department holds a Citizen’s Police Academy twice per year (Spring and Fall) with the purpose of providing citizens with a better understanding of the functions of law enforcement, dispelling misconceptions and increasing positive communication between citizens and police. Applications may be obtained at the Muskegon Police Department Record’s Bureau desk or you can print the two page application from their website.
Note you must complete and sign the application and it must be mailed or hand delivered such that it arrives by March 11, 2016.
Graduation Requirements: Students must attend the weekly classes. Any student who misses more than two (2) evenings will not receive a graduation certificate but may continue to attend.
Age Requirements: High School Senior or above and 17 years of age or older There is no upper age limit.
Course Dates: Course Starts on March 23 and ends on May 25, 2016
Class Size: 30 Students
All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings (10 weeks) from 6 – 9 p.m.
Citizens Police Academy Course Outline
The tentative course outline is as follows(note classes may move to other days depending on instructor availability):
Introduction, Central Police/Fire Dispatch, Operations
Patrol Bureau Operations (Firearms, P.P.C.T. and less than lethal force)
Patrol Bureau Operation continued – (Traffic Stops), Investigations Bureau Operations, (Criminal Sexual Conduct Investigations)
Investigations Bureau, Operations cont., (Fraud/IDTheft and Crime Scene Analysis)
Investigations Bureau, Operations cont., (Evidence Tracking and Narcotics Investigations)
Muskegon County Sheriff (includes Jail Tour)
Records Bureau, Internal Affairs/ Professional Standards/Training, Youth Transitions
Muskegon County Prosecutor, Domestic Violence
Community Policing Bureau, Juvenile Procedures (Family Court)
Mock Crime Scene, Closing Remarks, Ride-Along Information/Forms, Evaluation of Academy, Graduation