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Citizens Police Academy


Every day we see police officers in our community, but how many of us really know all that they do? Being an officer involves so much more than just doing traffic enforcement or handling daily calls for service. On any given day, an officer might be expected to help execute a search warrant, handle a volatile domestic situation, help comfort a lost child, testify in court, and then perhaps end their shift with a public speaking engagement. Their jobs are multi-faceted.

In order to give citizens an inside look at law enforcement, the Brigham City Police Department sponsors a Citizens Police Academy twice each year. The Citizens Police Academy is an eight-week program. Classes meet once a week. Sessions are taught by Brigham City officers and representatives from other local law enforcement agencies. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and be actively involved in class discussions and practical exercises. The course concludes with a graduation ceremony and dinner.

Following are just a few of the subjects covered:

  • Community policing
  • Arrest control tactics
  • Criminal codes
  • K-9 searches and demonstrations
  • Weapons handling and safety
  • Domestic violence
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Drug enforcement
  • Felony and high-risk traffic stops
  • Search and seizure
  • Gangs
  • SWAT

Applicants must be at least 18 years old to participate and not have any felony convictions. (Please click on the link shown above for a printable version of the Citizens Police Academy Application.)

For more information about the Citizens Police Academy and/or how to apply, please call Lieutenant Michael Nelsen at the Brigham City Police Department, (435) 734-6650.