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Community Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what the police are doing when you see a patrol car with the lights and siren on?  Do you wonder what goes on inside the police station?  Join us for a six week informative series of classes about our department! 


The next session of the Community Police Academy runs from Wednesday, September 10, 2014 through Wednesday, November 12, 2014 and registration is now open.  Click on the link at the bottom of this page, complete the application and submit it online.  Printed applications are available at the Kent Police Department during normal business hours.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


There is no cost for participating in the Community Police Academy.  It is open to adults, 18 years or older, that live, work, or have an interest in the City of Kent and the Kent Police Department.  For security reasons, all applicants must pass a background check.  Persons with a felony conviction or recent misdemeanor conviction will not be considered for participation. 

What is the Community Police Academy?

The Community Police Academy was created to forge a partnership between citizens and the Kent Police Department.  It is delivered in a series of classes and hands-on experiences that offer straightforward, candid information regarding daily and specialized operations of the police department, while defining the agency’s role in the community.


A wide range of law enforcement topics will be discussed.  Included in these discussions is an overview of law enforcement, recruiting/testing for new employees, traffic enforcement, investigations, narcotics, gangs, community education, use of force, K-9, and SWAT.  Other topics will include the Chaplaincy program, mock crime scenes, and optional tours of Valley Communications and the Kent Jail.


Classes are held at the Kent Police/Fire Training Center, located at 24611 116 Ave SE, Kent.  Classes are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and are instructed by expert department members.  There is one Saturday session on October 18 which will include optional tours of the City of Kent Correctional Facility (Kent jail) and the 9-1-1 facility (Valley Communications Center).  After attending the first four classes, participants are eligible for a ride-along with a Kent police officer.  


For additional information, please leave a message for Volunteer, Libby Seidel, at 253-856-5880.


Academy full for 2014