Bellefontaine PD to Host Class 12 of Citizens Police Academy


The Bellefontaine Police Department is now accepting applications for the Bellefontaine Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The Citizens Police Academy gives participants an opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of the Bellefontaine Police Department.

The program provides a unique learning experience.

Officers and staff conduct training in areas of their own expertise. Participants become aware of how the police department functions in the community.

Officer Doug Walters has more details:

The participants gain a practical view of policing and its complexity in these changing times.

They obtain a new and informed understanding of the law enforcement profession.

Community-based policing is an important and vital aspect of crime control in a community.

It is through community cooperation and planning that we can best ensure quality police services in an organized and effective crime prevention effort.

The classes are held on Thursday nights for 10 weeks. Class 12 will take place from February 1st to April 25th.

The time will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The location will be the Bellefontaine Police Department’s training room at 135 North Detroit Street, Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311. The classes are informal and the dress code is casual.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions, give feedback, and advise us of any special concerns they may have.

This is a program where you learn about your police department and what is happening in your community.

You can learn how to help and increase safety with personal and community crime prevention.

You must be a resident of Bellefontaine or be affiliated with a Bellefontaine business or organization.

Registration priority is given to residents. You must be 18 years old, A criminal history check will be conducted, and you must have no felony convictions.

Misdemeanor convictions within the last 5 years, or multiple misdemeanor convictions, may just disqualify you from participation, at discretion of the Chief of Police.

Application does not mean automatic admission.

Find your application HERE.

The course content includes but is not limited to:

  • A tour of the police station and jail
  • Tour of 9-1-1 Center
  • Canine unit
  • Criminal investigations
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Patrol procedures and equipment
  • Traffic law and operations
  • Criminal law
  • Drone use
  • Special Response Team
  • Crime prevention
  • Drug investigations
  • Firearms safety and range
  • D.A.R.E and SROs

For additional information, contact Sergeant Kennedy or Officer Walters at 937-599-1010 or email [email protected] or [email protected].