Ozark, Mo -- The Ozark Police Department is proud to announce its 8th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy starting on August 22.
This 10-week program provides an overview of the fundamentals of police operations and the divisions within the Ozark Police Department, and a chance to engage with and learn from officers first-hand.
The Citizen's Academy will equip participants with a better understanding of what services OPD provides its citizens, how officers are trained, and how the investigation process works.
Some of the topics covered include discussions about your rights as a citizen, the department’s internal affairs and professional standards, police use of force, and evidence collection. Classes will also include interactive activities including demonstrations of police officers and K9 training, drone equipment, a patrol vehicle ride-along, and range shooting.
“Through discussion and hands-on opportunities, citizens get a front-row seat to the daily operations and experiences of the Ozark Police Department, as well as a chance to discuss current events, hot topics, and community issues directly with law enforcement officers,” said Captain Derek Hill.
“The Citizen's Academy is designed to build a stronger bond with the community through transparency and to share the Ozark Police Department's vision, mission, and core values and how we intend to accomplish them.”
OPD’s Citizen's Academy was implemented in 2016; since then, 82 citizens have participated.
The 2023 Citizen’s Academy will start on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Classes meet every Tuesday from 6 – 9 pm for ten weeks.
The Citizen’s Academy is free of charge. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Seating is limited.
Citizens interested in participating can find the application here and submit it via email or return it to Lieutenant Matt Jones at the Ozark Police Department.
For any questions, please contact Lieutenant Matt Jones at email@example.com or 417-581-5873 ext. 1305.