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Posted by southbendpolice in Community Announcements, News Releases.
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Have you ever wondered…….. 

  …Can police really do the cool stuff I see on T.V.?

  …What do I do if I am a victim of a crime?

…How do you dust for finger prints, and how are they examined?

…What programs does the Police Department offer to the public?

 If you would like answers to these questions or others like them, then the Citizen’s Police Academy may be for you!


The Citizen’s Police Academy was established to promote an understanding of the South Bend Police Department and its policies and procedures. In addition, the academy provides training in all aspects of law enforcement and the issues that face police officers on a daily basis. Our Academy goal is to foster a spirit of cooperation between the city, its citizens and their Police Department. It is hoped that graduates will get to know more about the men and women who are protecting their community and why they make the decisions they do while performing their duty.

The Citizen’s Police Academy is a 13 week program held March 2nd, 2010 till May 25th, 2010. The classes are held on Tuesday nights from 6pm-8:30pm. Class size is limited to 40 participants, and is free of charge. Some of the general topics discussed are:

  • Hands on demonstrations from K-9, SWAT and the Bomb Disposal Unit
  • Crime Scene Processing ( Learn to dust for fingerprints)
  • Shoot, Don’t Shoot simulator (F.A.T.S. simulator)
  • Crime Prevention (Identity theft, Personal Safety, Home Safety)
  • Narcotics Enforcement
  • Patrol Operations
  • Communications
  • Jail Operation ( Both the County Jail and Juvenile Justice Center)


Potential candidates for the Citizens Police Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18 years old
  • No prior felony convictions (Certain Misd. offenses may disqualify you also)
  • Subject to criminal history check


You may obtain an application in the lobby of the Police Department, or download an application by visiting the South Bend Police Department web page at http://www.southbendpolice.com For further information please contact the Academy coordinators, Sgt. Aaron Cassel (574) 235-9401 or Lt. Richard Powers (574)235-9402.

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