Citizen Police Academy

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"Community Strength Through Cooperation and Education"

Purpose Statement: The goal of the Ames Citizen Police Academy is to provide an educational opportunity for a broad range of citizens that will increase their understanding of the police department operations, procedures, and training.  This will advance the idea of an open, professional and caring police department and create a cadre of citizens who understand their police department and can offer insight of possible improvements in its relationship with the citizens.

Community Oriented Policing: Community Oriented Policing is a partnership between law abiding citizens and the police department to create permanent solutions to problems and enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods and community.

In 1998, Officer Rory Echer became Ames' first Community Resource Officer and as part of our community policing effort, the Ames Police Department established its first Citizen Police Academy in January of 1999, we are currently holding two sessions each year. 

What will the classes be like?  The class is comprised of an 8-week program, with each session lasting three hours.  Sessions are held each Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.  The course covers different operations including: Use of Force, Police Ethics, Firearms training, Crime Scene Investigations, and Narcotics to name a few.  All participants are encouraged to ride a long in a patrol car during an officer's shift.

What is class size?  Class size is limited to 20.  Therefore, if you are interested in attending a future session it is important to return an application as soon as possible. 

Who can attend CPA?  Eligibility requirements are as follows:  you must live or work in Ames, be 19 years of age or older, no felony convictions anywhere and no misdemeanor arrests within the last three years.  There are no physical requirements although students are encouraged to participate in the hands-on training.

Is there a cost to attend?  There is no cost involved to the participants of the program.  Week 8 is graduation night and a banquet is held to recognize each participant that completes the Academy.

How do I apply?  Applications may be picked up at the Ames Police Department at 515 Clark Avenue.  You may also contact Community Resource Officer Eric Snyder at 515-239-5432 or esnyder@city.ames.ia.us to have an application sent to you.