Citizens Academy

The next Citizens Academy begins January 15th and ends March 26th.

The Citizen's Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to promote citizen interaction with Law Enforcement. The academy is designed to give an in-depth look at the day to day functions of the Gainesville Police Department and current issues surrounding Law Enforcement and the community. The classes are structured to be interactive, offering students an opportunity to ask officers questions in a mutual learning environment. Included in the curriculum are topics, which range from Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizures, Crime Prevention and Police ride along. Students will also learn how the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) interacts with other community partners.

During the 10 weeks, officers from individual units of GPD will make presentations to students describing their role in the operation of the Department. This will provide students with an opportunity in an informal setting, to ask questions and share information with the officers.