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Citizen's Police Academy

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Our goal is to give citizens an inside look at how the police department works.

Class topics include:

· SHPD facility tour · Patrol/Traffic Team · Detectives · Major Crimes Investigations · Narcotics Investigations · Defensive Tactics · Use of Force  · Reserve Program · Use of Force Simulator · Property/Evidence · Peer Court · Neighborhood Watch  · Code Enforcement · LCSO Jail & 911 Center Tour · And much more

Questions and Answers

This is a perfect opportunity for you to ask questions of the police officers and department staff.


You will learn more about: · The Criminal Justice System · How to recognize drug trafficking · Police hiring requirements  · What is available to you · How to keep your identity safe · How to become involved · Why & when we transport prisoners … and more

Constant Training

You will have an opportunity to see what it takes to become a police officer – both physically and mentally. 
You will learn what officers have to continually do to keep alert in order to keep our community a safer place to live.

During the nine weeks of the academy, various personnel in the Sweet Home Police Department will cover a variety of subjects ranging from basic law enforcement to discussions and demonstrations of specialized units within Police Department. Through this experience, you will gain valuable knowledge of the Sweet Home Police Department’s important role in the community.

The Citizen's Police Academy is open to residents over the age of 18 who live or work in within the Sweet Home School District area. The Citizen's Academy is a 8 week course consisting of one 3 hour evening class per week.

There is an application process that includes a complete criminal background check.  Applications will be held over and given priority for the next available class, should the current class be full.

For more information about the Citizen's Academy, contact Community Services Officer, Gina Riley at the Police Department. 

You may also download the application, complete it and mail or drop it off at the police department.

Our next Academy will be scheduled soon. 

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Sweet Home City Hall, 1140 12th Avenue, Sweet Home, OR 97386, Ph: (541) 367-5128, Fax (541) 367-5113