South Bend Police Department Offering Citizen's Academy

Jun 5, 2018


The South Bend Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen's Police Academy classes.

The Citizen's Police Academy is nine weeks of Tuesday night classes that allow civilians a peek into what it’s like to be a police officer.

Spokesperson Ken Garcia said they hope the class attracts people from all walks of life.

“Everybody and anyone. Whether they are supporters of a police department or they’re skeptics of a police department we really just hope they will come in with an open mind and just learn what it’s like to be a police officer.”

Garcia said they’ve been doing the academy for a long time and have had good turnout in the past.

The class features hands on simulations of K-9 officers, SWAT, shoot, don’t shoot scenarios and crime scene processing.

The class is open to anyone over 18 without a felony conviction. It is limited to 40 participants. The application deadline is July 25. Classes run August 14 to October 9.