Citizen Police Academy

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Class #39, Spring 2021

Fall 2021 - Begins on September 2, 2021
If your are interested in participating in our Fall 2021 Academy,
please fill out a Citizens Academy Application for that session.

The Carmel Police Department is proud to present a program that provides insight to the public on the responsibilities and operations of our Department. Our first academy was conducted in April of 2001. That session was an overwhelming success and every subsequent academy has been even better!

We have designed the CPA to accomplish several goals. The most important goal is to open channels of communication between the citizen's of Carmel and their Police Department. Additionally, we want to develop an understanding of the police role in the community. The objective of the Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better informed citizens, with an accurate knowledge of our many responsibilities and functions.

The CPA is an eleven week program. The instructors will all be members of the Carmel Police Department, and they will provide instruction and information concerning a particular area of their profession.

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience the "real" police department with some of the training "hands-on".

Academy Requirements

Requirements for participants include:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have no criminal history other than minor traffic violations (background checks will be performed)
  • Be physically able to meet training requirements
  • Commit to attend 11 weekly training sessions lasting 2 - 2.5 hours
  • Sign any required waivers or agreements

Sample Overview of Course

Week One

Academy Overview
Department Overview & Tour
Introduction of Staff

Chaplain Program

Week Two Support Division
Community Outreach Programs
Recruitment/Hiring/ILEA/Field Training
Week Three Use of Force, Tasers, Shoot-Don't Shoot
Week Four

Operations Division
DUI/DRE Enforcement

Observation of Police Vehicle/Traffic Division Motorcycle/Command Vehicle
Week Five Scenarios, Traffic, Immediate Detentions, Domestic Violence
Week Six Ethics, Complaints & Accreditation
School Resource Program
Week Seven Criminal Investigations Division, Crime Scenes
Week Eight Criminal Intelligence, Special Investigations Division, Drug Enforcement
Week Nine SWAT/Negotiator/ERG
Week Ten

Mental Health & IDs

Significant Other Support

K-9 Demonstrations

Week Eleven Graduation

View an informational video on the Citizen's Police Academy.

Many past graduates of the Citizens Police Academy continue to gather and learn even more about the Department. They have formed the Carmel Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni Association. In addition to regular meetings, the Alumni volunteer at many local events.

Visit the Alumni Association page.

CPA Class Survey

Online Academy Application

For additional information, contact:

Ann Gallagher, Coordinator
 Phone: 317-571-2720


Major David Strong
 Phone: 317-571-2746

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