Have you ever wanted to learn what police officers and public safety professionals do on the job on a day-to-day basis? In the Crestview Citizens Police Academy, you will have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the operations of the Crestview Police Department, Crestview Fire Department, Okaloosa County EMS, the corrections system, the judicial system, and more.
Citizens who desire to attend the academy must be at least 17 years of age, live or work in the Crestview area (you are not required to be a city resident), have no prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions within one year of application. There is NO COST to participate in this program.
The objectives of the Citizens Police Academy are:
- To encourage an increased communication and interaction between the Crestview Police Department and the community, which the police serve.
- To dispel misconceptions about the roles, responsibilities and activities of the Crestview Police Department.
- To provide participants with a basic understanding of police powers and limitations imposed by law and police department policy.
- To familiarize participants with the dangers, difficulties and ambiguities inherent to modern police work.
- To foster a citizen-police partnership to combat crime and develop a safer community.
- To provide participants with the ability to become involved in and provide informed assistance in the organization of neighborhood watch groups as well as be a source of knowledge in additional crime prevention initiatives such as prevention through environmental design, and residential and business security.
The Citizens Police Academy consists of approximately 10 consecutive Tuesday evenings. Classes are held at Warriors Hall in the Whitehurst Municipal Building next to the Crestview Police Department, 201 Stillwell Blvd. in Crestview.
Topics include: Patrol Operations, State Statutes and Legal Guidelines, Traffic Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Prosecution, Narcotics Investigations, and Firearms Safety including a day on the firing range, and more. Classes are taught by experienced patrol officers, investigators, and supervisors within the Crestview Police Department and public safety professionals from other agencies, such as fire, EMS, corrections and more.
After you’ve completed the academy, you will have the opportunity to continue your interest in, and support of, the Crestview Police Department through membership in the non-profit Crestview Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.
The 2019 academy begins Tuesday, Feb. 19, and meets every Tuesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. in Warriors Hall. There is no class on March 19, which is spring break for Okaloosa County schools. To apply, click the link to download the application, which is due by Feb. 12. For more information, please call 850.682.3544 and ask to speak to a Community Services officer.