The Muskegon Police Department holds a Citizen’s Police Academy twice per year (Spring and Fall) with the purpose of providing citizens with a better understanding of the functions of law enforcement, dispelling misconceptions and increasing positive communication between citizens and police. Note: you must complete and sign the application and it must be hand delivered or post-marked (if returning by U.S. mail) on or before August 9, 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.  A link to print the 2 page application can be found at the bottom of this page.

Graduation Requirements: Students must attend the weekly classes. Any student who misses more than two (2) evenings will not receive a graduation certificate but may continue to attend.

Age Requirements: High School Senior or above and 17 years of age or older There is no upper age limit.

Course Dates: Course Starts on August 25, 2021, and ends on October 27, 2021.

(Note: that class size and other limitations may be made based upon what the current COVID restrictions are at the time of the course start date)

Class Size: 30 Students

All classes will be held on Wednesday evenings (10 weeks) from 6 – 9 p.m.

Citizens Police Academy Tentative Course Outline

The tentative course outline is as follows (note classes may move to other days depending on instructor availability):
Day 1
Introduction, Central Police/Fire Dispatch, Operations
Day 2
Patrol Bureau Operations (Traffic Stops, Firearms, P.P.C.T. and less than lethal force)
Day 3
Investigations Bureau Operations, (Criminal Sexual Conduct Investigations)
Day 4
Investigations Bureau, Operations cont., (Fraud/IDTheft and Crime Scene Analysis)
Day 5
Investigations Bureau, Operations cont., (Evidence Tracking and Narcotics Investigations)
Day 6
Muskegon County Sheriff (includes Jail Tour)
Day 7
Records Bureau, Internal Affairs/ Professional Standards/Training
Day 8
Muskegon County Prosecutor, Domestic Violence
Day 9
Neighborhood Policing Unit/Crime Activity Team, Juvenile Procedures (Family Court)
Day 10
Mock Crime Scene, Closing Remarks, Ride-Along Information/Forms, Evaluation of Academy, Graduation

Citizen Academy Application