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Citizen Academy 2016

What is a "Citizens Academy"?

The Citizens Academy is a twelve-week program designed to provide Mount Vernon residents first hand information about how their Police Department operates. Participants will find out what it's like to be a police officer in Mount Vernon, and learn the inherent dangers and stress in law enforcement. Academy members will also become familiar with the Department's policing philosophy.

Purpose of the Citizens Academy
To open our doors to the community and, through education, to increase communications and understanding between citizens and the police. Together, it is easier to identify neighborhood and community problems and effect realistic solutions.

Citizens Academy 2017, Class 23
The next Citizens Academy will begin on February 9, 2017.  We will meet every Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Police Department for 12 weeks.  Graduation will be on the night of April 27, 2017.  Mock Scene Day will be on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Academy Instructors
Academy instructors are police officers, Department personnel, and guest speakers. Each instructor teaches in his/her area of expertise, and has years of training and experience.

Topics include the Departments' vision, mission, goals and values; domestic violence; gangs; police tactical operations; drug enforcement; use of force; T.E.A.M.; Patrol; Investigations; Crime Prevention; Records Keeping; constitutional law and more.

Mock Scene Day
During mock scene day, participants are provided a hands-on opportunity to experience split-second decision-making situations that police officers face daily. They are given the opportunity to ride along with an on-duty police officer, tour the Skagit County Jail, and sit with a dispatcher at the 9-1-1 center. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with the instructors.

Participant Selection
The department's goal is that Citizens Academy participants reflect the diverse population of our community. Anyone from age 18 to senior citizen is eligible and encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Applications are available online and in person at the Mount Vernon Police Department, 1805 Continental Place.

Feel free to email questions or comments to the Crime Prevention Supervisor.

Read about additional crime prevention information.