What is the Citizen Police Academy?

The Paris Police Department and the Henry County Sheriff Department co-sponsors the Academy. We have found that education has been most effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens insights into how police officers perform their duties and how the department serves the community.

Mission of the Academy

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services. Graduates of the Academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises. Everyone benefits from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.

Course Description

Instruction consists of one 3-hour class held each week for a duration of eight weeks. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Police Department, each week. Certified police officers, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic.

Course Curriculum

• Criminal Law
• Patrol Procedures
• Narcotics Investigations
• K-9 Patrol
• Emergency Response
• Communications
• Identity Theft
• Computer Safety
• Accident Investigations
• Criminal Investigations
• Crime Scene Processing
• Domestic Abuse
• Juvenile Procedures
• Traffic Stops

A vital part of the Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. These simulations will provide an opportunity for a unique “hands-on” learning experience. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to tour with a patrol officer, a CPR course, and take a tour of the Henry County Jail.

Who may attend the Academy?

• Any interested citizen who resides or works in Henry County is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the Paris community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the Academy.
• Citizens 18 years of age or older.
• Citizens with no prior felony convictions.

When is the Academy?

The CPA will be held every other year during the fall.