The Griffin Police Department will be conducting its annual “Citizen’s Police Academy” Thursday nights from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. In this free, 10-week program citizens will have the opportunity to see the inner workings of the Griffin Police Department and participate in open forums where they will be encouraged to ask questions and interact with officers and staff while learning how the police department operates.
The goal of the Griffin Police Departments’ Citizen’s Police Academy is to create and develop a nucleus of well-informed, responsible citizens who have the potential to influence public opinion concerning police practices and the delivery of police services. Graduates from our academy will increase citizen involvement on issues of mutual concern. The active participation will help to improve the quality of life and build lasting and productive partnerships between the police department and the community we serve.
Upon successful completion of the Citizen’s Police Academy, each student will:
- Gain a better understanding of how the Griffin Police Department is organized and how each unit functions, as well as achieve an appreciation for the daily challenges facing law enforcement professionals.
- Possess the skill and desire to identify, recruit and mentor potential candidates for employment with the Griffin Police Department, as well as future participants in the Citizen’s Police Academy.
- Demonstrate the enhancement of their observation skills and make a commitment to report any suspected criminal behavior.
- Bring greater support to our Police Department by giving the citizens an understanding of what our roles are as police officers.
- History and Information about the Griffin Police Department
- Traffic Enforcement and Patrol Function
- Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Processing
- Narcotics Enforcement and K-9 Program
- Criminal Street Gangs
- Internet Crime/Identity Theft
- Courts and the Criminal Justice System
- Internal Affairs and Ethics in Law Enforcement
- Use of Force
- Search and Seizure
- SWAT, 911 Center, and Emergency Operations Center
- Firearms Training
Class size is limited to the first twenty-five people. Qualified applicants who are denied admission due to class size will be given first choice when the next academy session is scheduled.