For 18 years, the Iowa City Police Department has been part of a coalition of local law enforcement agencies that has offered a Citizen Police Academy to promote knowledge and understanding of police operations and help build stronger relationships with residents and communities. The trainers, now preparing for their 19th year, encourage people who are interested in gaining greater understanding of law enforcement and police work, want to enhance communication between officers and residents, or who are considering law enforcement as a career, to participate in the program in 2016.

Classes will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday, beginning Jan. 25, 2016 through graduation on April 18. The group will meet at the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center at 4529 Melrose Avenue in Iowa City, with different topics to be reviewed each week for 12 weeks. Some of the classes will cover dispatch, crime scene investigation, use of force and defensive tactics, drug investigation, gangs, collision investigation, rescue, K9 officers, SWAT and bomb squads, firearms and tasers, probation and parole, jail alternatives, police officer selection and training, and other subjects.

Applications are now available at in the “Citizens Police Academy” tab. Completed application forms, along with a check in the amount of $25 to help cover the costs of materials and supplies, are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 22. To participate, applicants must be at least 16 years of age by Jan. 22.

The Citizen Police Academy is sponsored jointly by the following five law enforcement agencies, with a number of officers from each organization participating. Contact information for each participating division is as follows:

For more information, see the brochure or curriculum document at the Citizens Police Academy tab at or contact Iowa City Crime Prevention Officer R.A. Mebus at or 319-356-5273.

Date of publication

Thursday, November 12, 2015