Friday, August 9, 2013

A Closer Look

Want a chance to get to see what it’s like to be trained as a police officer?  The Overland Park Citizens Police Academy is coming up and you could do just that.  The Citizens Police Academy was designed to educate citizens on the basic information regarding the police profession.  This training won’t make you qualified to be a police officer and isn’t for Police Officer candidates, but it will give you the opportunity to gain insight into some of the why and how behind the badge.

The Academy is an eight week (28-hours course).  Participants learn about patrol operations, firearms training and weapons systems, crime analysis, narcotics and traffic enforcement to name just a few of the covered topics.  The instructors are police officers and provide “hands on” practicals.  In addition there are demonstrations by the police K-9 and SWAT teams and opportunities to observe and interact with tactical police equipment and vehicles.

Sound interesting?  Applicants don’t have to be an Overland Park resident, but you don’t have to be at least 18years old and have no criminal record.  Criminal history background checks are conducted on all applicants.  Persons selected to attend the Academy are expected to participate in seven (7) out of eight (8) sessions.  If this isn’t possible for you, please do not apply because the class size is limited.

Did we mention it’s free?

Classes run September 24th through November 12th (Tuesday nights) from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.  Completed applications are due no later than September 10th.  To apply online visit:

or see the city’s website for further information:
http://www.opkansas.org/city-government/police-department/police-special-services-and-programs/citizens-police-academy/