Jonesboro police taking applications for Citizen Police Academy

Jonesboro police taking applications for Citizen Police Academy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department is accepting applications for their fall 2016 Citizen Police Academy class.

This is the fourth session of the class, according to JPD's website.

The academy will take place from September 1 through November 17.

The class is designed to be an informative, hands-on, and in-depth look at the practices and services that the Jonesboro Police Department offers.

The mission for the academy is to inform the public on the working knowledge of the Jonesboro Police Department. They also look to end misconceptions about police officers and how the department works, encourage a partnership with the community that aids community-led problem solving, and create an environment for positive police and community interaction.

While the academy does not make people police officers, it does aim to educate people about policies, procedures, and laws.

People will learn the make-up of the police department, police procedures, criminal investigations, SWAT tactics, defensive tactics, K-9 operations, patrol operations, traffic stops, and more.

The class will meet on Thursday night for three to four hours.

People who are interested in the academy must live or work in Craighead County, be at least 21-years-old, have no prior felony arrests, or serious misdemeanor arrests within the last two years, and be committed to come to at least 75 percent of the classes.

You can download an application by clicking here.

If you have any question you can visit the Citizen Police Academy web page or you can contact Sargent Cassie Brandon at (870) 336-7148 or at

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