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Grand Forks Police Department Citizens' Academy

What is it?

The Citizens’ Academy is an eight (8) week program designed to provide Grand Forks residents first-hand information about how the Police Department works. The program is designed to provide information and education relating to issues relating to law enforcement in Grand Forks 

Participation in the academy requires a commitment of one night a week for an eight (8) week period. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, beginning on September 5th, 2017. The classes are held at the Grand Forks Police Department (122 S. 5th St.) or Public Safety Center (1220 S. 52nd St.).

What is the purpose of the Academy?

The Academy is designed to increase understanding of your local police department and how it works through education. One of the goals of the Citizens’ Academy is to educate the general public on the Grand Forks Police Departments role in the criminal justice system and how it works in the Grand Forks community.

Community-oriented policing plays an important role in reducing crime in any community. The Citizens’ Academy was instituted to improve the communication between citizens and government organizations and allows us to obtain citizen input and support throughout the city. This increased understanding and communication will allow us to work as a community in identifying problems and finding solutions to issues that are impacting our city.

Who teaches the Academy sessions?

Grand Forks Police Officers will teach topics in their own area of expertise where they have completed training or numerous years of experience. These officers will bring their police experience into the classroom.

What subjects are included?

The Citizens’ Academy will include detailed information on topics of patrol, special operations, criminal investigations, community policing efforts, and the overall department structure and bureaus. There will be demonstrations by the SWAT, Negotiations, Bomb, and K9 teams.

In one session, members will be given an overview of our firearms and use of force policies. They will then have an opportunity to shoot the firearm and complete use of force scenario training.

Academy attendees will also have an opportunity to do a ride-along with a patrol officer during late evening- night time frames. This will allow the members see police response to community needs and issues.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants for the Citizen Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Live, work, or attend school in the City of Grand Forks
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have no serious misdemeanor convictions within three years of applications
  • Any requirements may be waived or modified upon review and approval of the Chief of Police

Applications may be emailed to: joneill@grandforksgov.com

or mailed/delivered to:

Grand Forks Police Department

Specialized Resource Bureau

122 S. 5th St.

Grand Forks, ND 58201

Phone: 701-787-8080 - Cpl. Justin O'Neill

Fax: 701-780-8253

GFPD CPA Application Fillable PDF