The Citizens Police Academy was started in 1994 by the Forest Park Police Department and the first class graduated that year. The purpose of the academy is to educate the citizens of Forest Park as to what training Police Officers have to go through in order to become certified officers.
Since the inception of the Citizens Police Academy, we have graduated twenty eight classes. The success of this program is attributed to the many officers that donate their time and skills as instructors and recruiters speaking on a wide variety of topics.
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The Citizens Police Academy builds community support by allowing citizens to gain an insight into the duties and responsibilities of police officers. Our Academy meets on Tuesday nights between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. It was once limited to people who live or work in Forest Park, but the program has grown to allow others interested in Forest Park Police to attend. We are now holding 4 sessions a year, two in the spring (English Spanish) and the 2 in the fall. All of the instructors are police officers with the department.