Benton badge 1Want to know the intricacies in the duties of a police officers without becoming a certified police officer? That opportunity becomes available starting on Sept. 27 as the Benton Police Department kicks off the Citizen’s Police Academy.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to give participants a better understanding of police functions and responsibilities. Participants will be able to experience such classes as, but not limited to: criminal investigation, patrol functions, narcotic investigations, school resource, crime prevention, traffic stops, K-9, and the gun range. The classes are designed to be fun and informative.

The classes will take place on six Tuesday nights and one Saturday (Sept. 27, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25 and graduation on Nov. 1). The Saturday (range day) will be set at a later date.

Anyone who is interested in attending the fall citizen’s police academy may stop by the Benton Police Department, at 114 S. East St., Suite 100, and fill out an application and release forms. The only qualifications are that the participant is at least 18 years of age and cannot have any previous felony convictions on their record.  Deadline to turn in applications will be Tuesday, Sept. 20.

This is the 13th year for the citizen’s police academy to be conducted by our department and something we take pride in providing to citizens in the community.  There is no cost associated with attending this class, but seating is limited. For more information, call Lt. Patrick Baker at 501-776-5948.

To download the application, click here: Citizen Police Academy Application

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