LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Citizens Police Academy serves to educate the public about Louisville Metro Police Department services in order to foster understanding and community support for the agency. The LMPD has prepared a comprehensive training program to provide Citizen Police Academy participants with an overview of the department's various divisions, units and functions.
The Latino Citizens Police Academy is offered once a year, but as interest in the program increases, it may be offered twice a year in the future. This program is offered in Spanish to the Spanish-speaking community. It serves to foster an understanding of the police process as officers work to understand this population's customs, ideas and beliefs so they can provide better service.
The Citizens Police Academy lasts twelve weeks and meets on Tuesday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Neighborhood leaders should attend so they can gain the necessary information to become effective partners with police and help the LMPD keep Louisville's neighborhoods safe.
Class material will cover a variety of subjects including, but not limited to:
- Meet the police chief
- Criminal law
- Laws of arrest
- Probable cause
- Search and seizure
- Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) and city ordinances
- Use of force issues
- Tour of LMPD headquarters with live fire Demonstration and Taser demonstration
- Training and recruiting
- Emergency vehicle familiarity
- Firearms Automated Training Systems (FATS)
- Crimes Against Children
- Domestic violence
- Violent crimes (homicide)
- Crime scene processing
- Special operations
- Mounted patrol
- Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT)
- Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team
- Citizen observation form
- Traffic enforcement
- Narcotics Unit
- Vice Unit
- Community relations
- Introduction to Compstat
- Public Integrity Unit
- Professional standards
- Introduction To ethics
Participants will also have the opportunity to schedule a ride-along with a patrol officer in one the LMPD's eight patrol divisions and visit the department's telecommunications center.
A formal graduation ceremony will be held at the end of the class sessions. Family and friends of participants are invited to attend. All Citizens Police Academy graduates are eligible to become a member of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
To enroll in a class or request additional information, call 502-574-7423 or send an email. Both the Citizens Police Academy and the Latino Citizens Police Academy are limited to 25 participants, so apply as soon as possible.
All classes are free.