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The Citizen’s Police Academy is a revolutionary concept in law enforcement and police/community relations. As part of a continuing program to develop citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement, the Jackson Police Department has created a police academy course designed for citizens of all backgrounds and occupations.

The eight-week/24-hour training program consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction. Topics covered include the job of the uniformed patrol officer, investigative procedures, tactical operations, laws and legal issues and the use of “drug dogs” in Drug Task Force Operations. Students will participate in many interesting activities such as touring police facilities, using police equipment and collecting evidence and role-play scenarios.

Graduates of this course will not be police officers but will be better-informed citizens. The graduates will be in a position to relate their experiences to friends and co-workers.

Each applicant must be 21 years of age to attend the class. Each applicant must answer all questions on the application form. To graduate, each student must attend six of the eight classes. Therefore, prior to applying, each student must determine whether or not they can attend the minimum number of classes required for graduation. The class meets each Tuesday night from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Jackson Police Department.

NOTE: Eligibility for this program cannot be considered if any of the following apply:

Felony Conviction
A or B Misdemeanor Conviction
Any Drug Conviction
Domestic Assault Conviction
Any Active Warrants

Upcoming Citizen’s Police Academy:

September 8th, 2020- October 27th, 2020


An application for the Citizen’s Police Academy may be obtained at the front desk of the Jackson Police Department or Here. You may print and fill out the application and mail it to:

Lt. Byron Taylor
(731) 425-8443
234 Institute Street
Jackson Tn 38301

The application can also be emailed to [email protected]

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