What is the Community Police Academy?

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The Kent Police Department is currently taking registrations for the Spring 2019 Community Police Academy. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, for 10 weeks, starting April 3, 2019 and ending on June 5, 2019. The sessions are from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

There are two Saturday sessions, the first will be on May 11th, which will include optional tours of the City of Kent Correctional Facility (Kent jail) and Valley Communications Center (9-1-1 facility), and the second on June 1st , with topics on K9/detectives/evidence/crime scenes. After attending seven classes participants are also eligible for a ride-along with a Kent Police Officer. 

Classes are held at the Kent Police/Fire Training Center, 24523 116 Ave SE, Kent. 

There is no cost for participating in the Community Police Academy. It is open to any adult 18 years or older that lives, works, or has an interest in the City of Kent and its police department. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For security reasons all applicants must pass a background check. Persons with a felony conviction or recent misdemeanor conviction are not eligible to participate.

The Community Police Academy is delivered in a series of classes 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 to include an overview of law enforcement, recruiting/hiring for new employees, traffic enforcement, investigations, narcotics, gangs, community education, use of force, stress and chaplaincy, and K-9. 

For additional information or general questions, email, mmccaughan@kentwa.gov.