2017 Kirksville Citizens Police Academy


April 4, 2017

For More Information Contact:

Chief of Police Jim Hughes


(Kirksville, MO) Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer? Ever wonder what police really do? How accurate are television/movie portrayals (here is a hint, not very)? Maybe, whether you are 18 or 80, you have harbored a secret desire to work the street (we understand).

There are probably a few of you that don’t like us very much and would like to know just why the heck we do some of the things we do.

Now is your chance. Starting on August 3rd, the Kirksville Police Department will start a Citizens Police Academy. The academy provides community members with insight into general police operations and specifically those of local law enforcement.

During the program you will tour all local law enforcement agencies and hear from their Chief Executives. You will learn about search, seizure and arrests from the Prosecuting Attorney, accident investigation, dispatch, officer safety, SWAT, internal affairs, investigations, crime scene processing, patrol functions, animal control, computer lab, school resource officer, negotiations, use of force, dispatch, and others.

You will also have an opportunity to shoot at the range and participate in a ride-along.

The classes will be held once per week, on Thursday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. The academy will start on August 3rd and run for 14 weeks. Graduation will be held on week 15.

The 42 hours of instruction the students get will fall well short of the 700+ hours required for officers to become certified in Missouri. However, it will give you a feel for what we do, and who knows; maybe we can learn something from each other.

We are now accepting applications.

Applicants should live and or work in Adair County. A criminal background will be done on all applicants.

If you have any questions or would like to register for the upcoming Citizens Police Academy, please contact Academy Coordinators Keri Rogers or Brenda Kelsey at 660-785-6945 or email at krogers@kirksvillecity.com or bkelsey@kirksvillecity.com.

Media inquiries/contact: Jim Hughes
Chief of Police
Kirksville police Department

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