All the Memphis Police precincts offer the Citizens Police Academy in the fall. The 9 week course is free. You will be introduced to a wide variety of police operations, and get a chance to ride on patrol. No, it’s not Police Academy! It is informational presentations only – no strenuous training, or firearms. I have been through the course, and highly recommend it if you want to know about how the police department works.
Spaces are limited. Here is the release from Kate Sides of the Union Avenue Precinct:
The Memphis Police Department conducts a nine week course for citizens every year in the fall. Each class consists of two hours, one night a week. Classes start the week of September 5.
There is no charge for the course. All applicants must be 18 years old and pass a background check (at no cost to applicant).
Graduation ceremonies and diplomas will be awarded to all who attend classes, missing no more than two. Classes are held at each of the nine precincts around the city. If necessary, it may be possible to make up a class at a different precinct.
Speakers come from the different units and bureaus to explain how their divisions work, who to call for what situation, what to watch for, the latest scams, crime prevention, homeland security, and so much more.
Space is limited. Reserve your place in the 2011 Class. Contact Kate Sides, (636-4625) Neighborhood Watch Coordinator at Union Station Precinct to get an application Class starts the week of September 5th. The first twenty-five applicants who pass the background check will be enrolled.