Citizen's Police Academy
The LaGrange Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) is one of the first of its kind in the United States. The concept was borrowed from the British, specifically the Devon and Cornwell Constabulary, Middlemoor, Exeter. The Police Night School, as it was called there, was established in 1977. Since that time, public interest and participation has snowballed. Citizens were anxious to learn of the operations of their police forces, which heretofore were obscure and private.
The first CPA members experienced many of the same enthusiastic reactions and wide-eyed eagerness as did members of the first Police Night School in England. There quickly developed a positive learning atmosphere and experience among the students. This reaction was facilitated in part by the total commitment to the program by LaGrange Police Department (LPD) staff.
Graduates of the CPA are spreading the good word about LPD. This means additional support and confidence will result in a commitment by the community to report crime, and suspicious activity, compliment security measures and maintain involvement in Neighborhood Watch Groups. Community involvement is the most powerful, efficient and practical force any local law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime. This vital reserve, which is virtually untapped, has the potential of making crime in neighborhoods a rare occurrence.
SUBJECTS COVERED DURING EACH CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY
Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigation, Work of Informants and Undercover Officers,Use of Force, Organized Crime, Arrest Procedures, Discipline Procedures, Citizen Complaints. Recruiting, Academy Training, Crime Prevention, Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE), Citizen Responsibility, In-Service Training, Traffic Operations, Criminal Law, Clearance Rates, Negotiation, E-911, Women in Police Work, Selection Process, Field Training Officer, Community Relations, Planning and Research, Chaplaincy, Firearms, Police Records, Juvenile Delinquency, Child Abuse and Investigations.
CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY
LaGrange Police Department
P.O. Box 430
LaGrange, Georgia 30241