The South Euclid Police Department developed a Citizen Police Academy in 2008 to help educate citizens about what it’s like to be a Police Officer and the daily decision making and critical thinking that their job entails.  It also gives us an opportunity to become better acquainted with those we serve, and hopefully attendees get to know some of our officers.

It is a ten-week program that meets once a week for three hours.  A large portion of the Academy is instructed by South Euclid Police Officers.  The officers instruct on topics which they have special knowledge and a particular interest in.  These topics include K-9’s, Patrol Tactics, Evidence Collection and Preservation, Weapons and Tactics, and Legal Aspects, just to name a few.  Other topics are presented by a Common Pleas Court Judge, Domestic Relations Judge, and an attorney.

The South Euclid Police Department is pleased to be hosting our eighth Citizen Police Academy.  The Citizen Police Academy is a program in which those who live or work in South Euclid attend condensed classes covering police related topics, from criminal law to “shoot/don’t shoot” scenarios.  These Academies provide many benefits to the Department, the students, and to the community as a whole.  It is our hope that citizens will gain a clearer understanding of what police officers encounter on a given day.  It is also our goal to improve communication and relations between the police department and the law-abiding members of our community.

The next session will begin in the Spring of 2018.  The final date is to be determined based upon public interest in the program.  Classes are generally held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  In order to apply, you must live or work in South Euclid, be at least 21 years of age, and have no felony convictions or serious misdemeanors.  If selected, you will be expected to commit to the entire session, as only one missed class will be allowed for certification.  We will be selecting sixteen students for this class.  If you are not selected initially, we will keep your application for consideration at a later date.

Topics to be covered include, but may not be limited to, the following:

Laws of Arrest                                 Defensive Tactics

Firearms                                           Canine Patrol

The Court System                           Use of Force

S.W.A.T                                              Juvenile Court

Evidence Collection                        Mock Crime Scene

Bike Patrol                                       Traffic Stops

Officer Safety                                  Communication

These sessions will include lectures, demonstrations, videos, and hands-on participation.  Each student will be required to schedule a ride-along with an officer during the duration of the academy.

Applications may be filled out via the website by clicking on the police car below.  Once filled out online, it must be printed, signed, and returned to the police dispatch window along with the requested documentation.