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118 W. Maple St
Centralia, WA 98531
Phone: 360-330-7680
Fax: 360-807-6210
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  Citizens' Academy

Next Citizens' Academy: February 6 - March 26, 2020

What is the Citizensí Academy?
The Centralia Police Departmentís Citizensí Academy was implemented in 1997 to promote positive relations between police and the community.  The objective is to provide citizens with the opportunity to get an inside look at how your local police department operates.
The selected academy attendees meet for three hours each Monday evening for 8 consecutive weeks and 2 Saturday activities. You will learn more about various operations of the department as well as the challenges that law enforcement face in todayís society.  Officers and civilian personnel present on their specific areas of expertise. 
Through education, hands on experience and interaction with Officers, the goal is to create a foundation of responsible well-informed individuals who have the potential of influencing public opinions about police practices. Academy participants will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement today. They will have the opportunity to offer comments, ideas and solutions to problems that we all share within the community.

Who may attend the academy?
Participants are selected from applicants who live in and around our community.  We aim to have a well-rounded cross-section of our residents who have an interest in the police department from youth to elderly; men and women; as well as representatives from civic organizations and other professions.   Selected applicants do not have to live in Centralia, but must be 18 years of age and pass a background check.  We limit the academy to 30 attendees to insure a beneficial experience.   
 What topics will be covered?
Some of the topics the academy will include:
  • The history of the Centralia PD
  • Officer selection and training
  • Police equipment and cost
  • Overview of crime in our area
  • The dangers of the traffic stop
  • My worst/best day as a Cop
  • Drug enforcement
  • What does a criminal look like?
  • Criminal investigations
  • SWAT operations
  • Community Policing
  • Observer ride along with an officer
  • Tour Centralia Police Department, Lewis County Jail and 911 Dispatch Center
Completion of the Citizensí Academy
Upon completion, graduates of the Citizensí Academy will receive a certificate signed by the Chief of Police. Many Citizensí Academy graduates go on to help the Centralia Police Department as volunteers. Some volunteers help with office work and special events. The Centralia Police Departmentís community outreach events include: Lewis County Special Olympics Torch Run; Summerfest; National Night Out Against Crime; The SW Washington Fair; A Night Out With Santa. Other Academy graduates may be interested in specialized police work with the Reserve Unit or the Block Watch Program.

How do I apply for the Citizensí Academy?
Download your application here. Applications may also be obtained at the Centralia Police Department between 8-5, Monday through Friday.  Questions? Call 360-330-7680 ext. 1362



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