Citizens' Police Academy

The Citizens' Police Academy is a free course that focuses on various important job functions that Mount Airy Police Officers perform.  It is a course that displays the administrative philosophy and guiding principles of law and ethical conduct governing the delivery of police services in out community.  It is a course that highlights the equipment and training needs that Mount Airy Police Department Officers utilize in providing services.  This course has been developed to educate involved citizens about the "nuts and bolts" of police work.

Citizens will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.

Program Overview
The Citizens' Police Academy is a program sponsored by the Mount Airy Police Department.  It is designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the Mount Airy Police Department.  It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on a designated evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

When residents take a more personal interest in their city and the protection of their community and neighborhoods, they will enjoy a safer and closer relationship with their neighbors.

In addition graduates will be encouraged to join the Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association.  This will give them the opportunity for continued education in the field of law enforcement and other related areas.  It will also allow them to have a more interactive association with the police department if they choose.

Improving Our Community
Community Oriented Policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime in any community.  Therefore, the Mount Airy Police Department instituted the Citizens' Police Academy to improve communication and obtain citizen input and support throughout the city.  It is our hope that the graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues that are affecting our community.  Graduates will take their knowledge back into their neighborhoods where they can use it to enhance the quality of neighborhood life.

The main goal of the Citizens' Police Academy is to help the residents of Mount Airy to better understand how the police work in their community.  It is hoped that all graduates of the Academy will get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and why they make the decisions they do while performing that duty.

Participant Eligibility
Individuals who apply for the Citizens' Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age and reside in or near the City of Mount Airy.  Applicants will also be subject to a background check.
Those wishing to apply or seeking more information about the Citizens' Police Academy, should contact:

Topic Areas
Topics covered in this course will include:
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  • Department History
  • Police Department Tour
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Telecommunications (911)
  • Traffic Stops
  • Use of Force
  • Special Operations
  • Special Events
  • District Court
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Department Structure
  • Laws & Ordinances
  • Investigations
  • CID
  • Narcotics
  • Community Policing
  • DARE
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