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Community Police Academy

The Chattanooga Community Police Academy was started in 1999, in an effort to create positive interaction and communication between the Chattanooga Police Department and the citizens it serves. The Citizen's Academy is a nine-week Law Enforcement Education program that provides an accurate look at Police Work and the Criminal Justice System. The program offers information, interactive activities and shared dialogue with the Department and its officers. A graduation Ceremony is held at its conclusion and participants receive Community Police Academy certificates*.

Although Academy students receive instruction and training in numerous police-related subjects, the graduates are not prepared for, expected to, nor authorized to conduct any Police services. Positive comments from alumni increase interest in the academy. Alumni also refer other citizens for consideration and application to future academy classes.

The Citizen's Academy meets one day a week from 6-8 p.m. at the Police Department's Training facility. It continues to receive great participation from the community. Many graduates have attested to the fact that it is truly a rewarding experience.

To apply, download and complete Application for Citizens and email it to or mail a copy to the Chattanooga Police Department at 3410 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga, TN 37406.

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