Kokomo Police Department Citizens Police Academy

Released by:                            Sergeant Neil Marcus
Date of Release:                      January 22, 2020
Public Information Officer:     Maj. Brian Seldon @ 765-456-7284
Follow-up Contact Person:    Sgt. Neil Marcus @765-456-7333
Subject Released:                   Kokomo Police Department Citizens Police Academy
Location:                                  City Building, 100 South Union Street, Kokomo
Date/Time of Incident:             First session begins on Wednesday, March 4, 2020

 Summary:
The Kokomo Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is now accepting applications for its upcoming class.  Members of the public who are interested in attending the eight-week sessions may obtain an application at the Kokomo Police Department, 100 South Union Street, Kokomo, front lobby display area or Download the Application.  There is also a link on the Kokomo Police Department Facebook page.   All applications are to be returned to the Kokomo Police Department by February 20, 2020.  Applicants who meet the requirements will receive an acceptance letter. 

The purpose of the Citizens Police Academy is open the lines of communication between the citizens of the community and the Kokomo Police Department. It is designed to familiarize citizens with the “how/what/why” of police procedures and provide an opportunity to interact with officers. 

The goal is to inform citizens who can take the information that they learn back to friends, neighbors and colleagues to have better understanding of police operations. When these relationships are stronger and healthier, the department can be more effective.     

The eight sessions are free of charge.  The classes are held once a week on Wednesdays. The classes will be held in the City Building Council Chambers, 100 South Union Street, Kokomo, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The first class will start on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The classes will not meet March 25, 2020.  The academy graduation is scheduled for April 29, 2020. 

The Citizens Police Academy will accept 25 applicants.  Applicants must be 18-years-old with no felony record or criminal arrests within a three-year period of the March 4, 2020. Applicants are subject to a background check. 

Topics Covered

  • Department Overview
  • Professional Standards
  • Communications Center/911
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Canine Presentations
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Swat/KPD Firearms Presentation
  • Computer Forensics
  • Hazardous Device Unit
  • Community Oriented Policing 

Applicants must attend seven out of eight sessions to graduate.  Those who graduate will receive a certificate and become eligible to become a member of the Kokomo Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.  For more information, please contact Sgt. Neil Marcus at 765-456-7333.