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Posted on: August 21, 2019

Citizen’s Police Academy

The Carbondale Police Department is taking applications for the Basic Citizens Police Academy class. The purpose of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is to develop positive relations, and a better understanding and communication between the police and the community through education.  The goal is to create a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens, who have the potential of influencing public opinions about police practices and services.  Citizens will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.  

The Basic Academy will have five sessions, and will focus on an overview of police department divisions, low level patrol tactics and traffic stops, introduction to investigations and crime scenes.  Classes for the Basic Citizens Police Academy will be held on the following schedule:

1 - Wednesday September 25th, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

2 – Wednesday October 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

3 – Wednesday October 23, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

4 – Wednesday November 6, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

5 – Wednesday November 13, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is free and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to apply for the class.  Every applicant will undergo a background check.  Our goal is to increase the knowledge of each student on “who, what, when, why and how” the Carbondale Police Department operates.  Persons interested in attending the Academy should contact Officer Randy Mathis at 457-3200 ext. 402 or  

Applications are available by visiting the city’s website “Explore Carbondale” at or can be picked up at the Carbondale Police Department.  Applications are due by Friday September 20th, 2019.   

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