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What is the Citizen Academy?

The Citizen Academy has been in existence since 1994 and serves to increase resident awareness of the function of the police department.  Participants will learn about topics relative to the role of the police officer in their community.   During an 18 week academy, residents are instructed on such topics as criminal law, Maryland traffic law, and  investigations.  Participants are required to attend 14 of the 18 classes to be eligible for graduation.  There is often a waiting list to accommodate participant requests.

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Who can apply?

The Citizen Academy is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who either lives or works in Montgomery County. All applicants will be subjected to a background check.

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What is the cost?

Free! The only cost to participants is their time.

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What topics will be covered in the academy?

  • Canine Demonstration
  • Collision Reconstruction Unit
  • Conflict Negotiations
  • Crime Lab
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal Law/Search & Seizure
  • Drug Investigation/CDS Identification
  • DUI/Underage Drinking
  • Emergency Communications Center
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Firearm Safety
  • Forensic Services
  • Internal Affairs Division
  • Major Crimes
  • Maryland Traffic Law
  • Scams and Fraud

The Academy also offers optional classes/tours  including:

  • CPR Class
  • Detention Center
  • Emergency Communications Center

Students are also encouraged to participate in the Department’s Ride-Along Program.

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Where are the classes held?

The Citizen Academy is held at the Public Safety Training Academy, 9710 Great Seneca Highway, Rockville.

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When are the classes held?

Classes are offered one night a week from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for 18 consecutive weeks. Two sessions are offered per year – one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

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How do I apply?

Fill out the application form and mail at to the address listed on the form.

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Further questions?

If you are interested in learning more about the Citizen Academy, contact 301-840-2771.

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