The Bloomington Police Citizens Academy is offered annually in the fall. We have found the academy to be effective in enhancing communication between officers and citizens through the sharing of knowledge and information of police practices. Not only do you get to be part of the “behind the scenes” approach of a real working police department, but you will personally meet many of our officers, tour the police department, go on a ride-along, participate in pursuit training and be involved in scenario night!
The academy runs for 8 weeks, at least 4 hours each night, on Thursday nights, typically 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., September through November. Class times are subject to change. Ride-along and pursuit trainings will be done on additional time and different days within the 8 week schedule.
Participants are eligible for the Bloomington Citizens Academy if they live, work or attend school in Bloomington, are at least 18 years old and are not a convicted felon. Class size is limited to 30 students. If we receive more than 30 applicants, a lottery is used to select participants.
There is no cost to attend, but due to the high demand for the class, all participants are expected to commit to all 8 weeks.
Department history, hiring process, training, patrol and investigations duties, crime scene investigation (CSI), criminal law, 911 Communications Center, response to resistance and aggression (use of force), community outreach and crisis response involving mental health. You will also learn about specialty units within the police department such as, SWAT, Crisis/Hostage Negotiations, Bomb Squad and K-9 unit. There will also be an interactive scenario night and a live Taser demo!
At the conclusion of the program, participants will have a better understanding of the demands and challenges placed upon their police officers, the continuous and ever-changing training officers receive and the reality of how calls are handled. At the same time, officers gain valuable insight and feedback from the citizens they serve. The overall objective is to further a partnership in making Bloomington a great place to live, work and receive education!