Citizens Academy


Plymouth Public Safety Citizens Academy Update: The 2016 Public Safety Citizens Academy is now full. To be added to a wait list for next year, contact Community Relations Officer Jim Long at

The Public Safety Citizens Academy is a free 36-hour, 12-week course geared toward expanding public knowledge of the Plymouth Police and Fire Departments.

The Citizens Academy meets 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 8

Each week, a different aspect of policing will be featured through lectures and hands-on demonstrations; one week will be dedicated to Fire Department operations.

Last year’s curriculum included:

  • Plymouth Public Safety Citizens AcademyThe history and evolution of policing
  • Patrol operations
  • Investigations
  • Police tactics and use of force
  • A K9 demonstration
  • Narcotics
  • SWAT
  • The DWI process
  • Public safety education
  • Crime prevention efforts
  • Decision shooting scenarios

The academy helps strengthen the partnership between public safety professionals and the community by sharing information and promoting a better understanding of public safety services.

Eligibility Requirements
For more information or to apply, call Community Relations Officer Jim Long at 763-509-5135. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and live, work or own a business in Plymouth. Deadline to apply is Thursday, Sept. 1. Space is limited to the first 30 eligible applicants; all participants must pass a background check. (A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant.) The police chief will make appointments to the academy.

Applicants must complete both of the following forms to be considered: