Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office and Smyrna Police Dept. offer Citizens Police Academies

Rutherford Co. Sheriff's Office and Smyrna Police Dept. offer Citizens Police Academies  | Murfreesboro news,Smyrna news,Smyrna Police,Rutherford County Sheriffs Office

Sign up now for the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy and the Smyrna Police Academy.

Citizens can ride with a sheriff's deputy and learn about forensics during the spring class of the Sheriff's Citizens Academy.

The free class details the operations of the Sheriff's Office ranging from aspects such as patrol stops, investigations, drugs, detention, warrants, communications, or special services such as the Felony Arrest Search Tactical Team, said Sgt. Jimmy Cassidy who coordinates the academy.

Classes were delayed from Jan. 26 to Feb. 23. Classes run for 16 weeks from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Sheriff's Office at 940 New Salem Highway in Murfreesboro.

Applications are available online at the Sheriff's Office's Web site at, go to Community Services Unit and click on the Sheriff's Citizens Academy link or by contacting Sgt. Cassidy at 615-904-3019

Citizens must be age 18 and either live or work in Rutherford County.

What is the Smyrna Citizens' Police Academy?

Police Departments across the nation have adopted the "Community Policing" philosophy. Locally, the Smyrna Police Department has implemented different ways of working more closely with citizens on problem-solving in the community.

The Citizens Police Academy will provide participants with an opportunity to gain a broad perspective of the police profession. The twelve-week Academy is designed to give citizens an overview of the department's functions and procedures, while providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relating to the community. However, be aware the Academy is not designed to train the participants to perform any law enforcement services.

Citizens' Police Academy Applications

Classes for the 2016 CPA will begin Thursday, February 4th and meet every Thursday thru April 21st from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Classes will be taught by department personnel and guest instructors. Participants are encouraged to express ideas, concerns and questions about any aspect of the department's operations.

Registration deadline: January 31, 2016

Citizens' Police Academy Online Registration

Print the Citizens' Police Academy Application

Some of the topics covered in the Academy:

  • History of Law Enforcement
  • Communications
  • Patrol
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Judicial System
  • Fire & Safety Equipment
  • Defense Tactics
  • Tactical Operations
  • D.A.R.E.
  • Gangs
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Abuse
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Narcotics
  • K-9 Operations
  • S.W.A.T. Operations