2017 Citizen's Police Academy Dates:

February 6 - March 27, 2017

Monday Nights 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm 

Application deadline is Jan. 2, 2017


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What is a Citizen’s Police Academy?

A Citizen’s Police Academy is a multi-faceted educational program designed to provide members of our community with the opportunity to gain specific knowledge about the philosophy and processes of the Tuscaloosa Police Department as well as valuable insight into the field of law enforcement. CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED TO 20 STUDENTS

What are the goals of the Citizen’s Police Academy?

The objective of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to develop a positive relationship between the Police Department and a cross-section of the Tuscaloosa Community through a carefully tailored educational curriculum.

The Citizen’s Academy will create a growing cadre of responsible, well informed citizens who will influence public opinion about law enforcement procedures and services. The graduates of the Academy will depart with an increased awareness and understanding of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement today and the Tuscaloosa Police Department’s commitment to the philosophy of Community Policing. An informed community is more effectively involved in crime prevention and stimulates a dynamic citizen-police partnership in their neighborhoods. Upon completion of the academy, students will be asked to fill out a survey.  This survey will be used to improve the Citizen’s Police Academy for future classes.

When is the Citizen’s Police Academy?

The class will run every Monday night from to February 6, 2017 to March 27, 2017. The times for the class are
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  One Saturday class at the police firing range will also be required. This class will include the Tuscaloosa Special Response Team, Helicopter Unit, K-9 Division, and Bomb Squad. Participants can only miss one class. Any participant missing more than one class will be dropped from the class. A four hour ride along with a Tuscaloosa Police patrol officer will also be required.   A ride along will be necessary to better understand how the Tuscaloosa Police Department operates.  Formal graduation will be conducted on Monday, April 10, 2017

Who can attend the Citizen’s Police Academy?

The Citizen’s Academy is open to all residents of the City of Tuscaloosa. Business owners that hold a Tuscaloosa City Business License may also attend.  Class numbers are limited. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older.

Where can I pick up an application?

Applications can be picked up at the front desk of the Tuscaloosa Police Department or print application from website. After completing the application either mail or return it to the front desk to be received by the contacts listed below. Applications can also be faxed to 205-349-0403. You will be notified if you are selected for this February Citizen’s Academy Class or put on the waiting list for another class.  The application deadline has been reached and closed for this year.

How much does The Citizen’s Police Academy cost?

The Citizen’s Police Academy is free of charge.

Please return the completed application to the attention of the individuals below:             

 LT. Richardson 205-248-4845 | drichardson@tuscaloosa.com