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Posted on: January 29, 2024

New, One-Day Citizens Police Academy Set For March 23


Montrose, CO — The Montrose Police Department is excited to announce its 2024 Citizens Police Academy set for Saturday, March 23, with a full day of presentations and classes designed to inform and educate those wanting to further their connection with local law enforcement. 

This year the Montrose Police Department has reinvisioned the Citizens Police Academy with a new structure. Instead of a multi-week program, police command staff and trainers have formulated activities and sessions that take place over the course of a single day. 

The academy’s range of subjects will resemble material covered in previous years but in a condensed format. 

“Our intent with the new format is to make it easier for community members to participate,” Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall said. “Instead of committing to weeks of classes, we feel a single day will be more conducive for learning while providing an exciting, fun, hands-on, and action-packed experience.”

The Citizens Police Academy will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and lunch will be provided. There will be multiple break-out sessions covering various law enforcement and public safety-related topics.  Each session will last approximately one hour with an informative “History of the Montrose Police Department” presentation during lunch. 

This program gives citizens an opportunity to learn more about the operations of the Montrose Police Department, with hands-on activities and plenty of opportunities to chat with the PD team. Topics to be covered include:

  • Tour of the Montrose Police Department
  • History of the department
  • Patrol procedures and equipment
  • Crime scene/evidence processing
  • Use of force/critical incident simulator
  • Mental Health Co-responder program
  • Victims advocate
  • Drug Task Force / K9
  • Special Weapons and Tactics, (SWAT)

To be eligible, participants must be at least 18 years old, be able to pass a basic background check, be available to attend the entire program on March 23, and submit an application. Applications for the 2024 Citizens Police Academy are currently open and will close on March 4 at 6 p.m. To apply visit here.

English to Spanish translation will be available.

In 1997 the Montrose Police Department created the Citizens Police Academy to help inform residents about the intricacies of the department’s operations and build a stronger partnership with the community. Since that time, hundreds of residents have participated, each graduating from the academy with a much greater appreciation for the Police Department’s role in keeping Montrose safe and secure. We look forward to welcoming community members to our new academy in 2024.

This program is for anyone with an interest in public safety and law enforcement in our community. Anyone with questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy is invited to visit the Montrose PD or call 970.252.5215.

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