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Police: Citizens Police Academy

The Howard County Police Department offers county residents the opportunity to participate in the Citizens Police Academy program. This free, interactive, 12-week course gives participants an inside look into the department’s day-to-day operations and provides an understanding of what it is really like to be a police officer in Howard County. Classes are taught by police instructors in a police academy setting at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center in Marriottsville.

Participants will experience:  

  • Tours of the police department, crime lab and 911 call center
  • Courses on traffic laws and enforcement, defensive tactics, use of force, community policing, criminal investigations, gangs and more
  • Presentations by the department’s K9 unit and tactical unit
  • Interactive firearms training on a firearms simulator and police pursuit and driver training
  • Ride-along with a police officer
Participants must:

  • Be Howard County residents
  • At least 18 years old
  • Have no criminal record
  • Commit to attend all 12 sessions

Upcoming academies 
The department will offer a Citizens Police Academy beginning on Sept. 12, 2016. For an application, click here. Deadline to register is Aug. 19, 2016.

For more information, call 410-313-1364.