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Citizen's and Junior Police Academies
Citizen's Police Academy
Police organizations throughout the United States are presenting citizen police academy programs as a means of improving police-community relations.  Beginning in 1992, the Peachtree City Police Department has been presenting such citizen police academies. The Citizen Police Academy is designed to provide Peachtree City residents, business owners and other city employees with basic information about the police profession and the daily operations of the Peachtree City Police Department.

The ultimate objective is to establish and maintain positive communications, and develop a partnership between the Community and Police Department through training and education. The Citizen Police Academy is a ten week course, free of charge and open to the first 30 accepted applicants who are residents, business owners, or employees with the City of Peachtree City.  Applicants must be 18 years of age and older.

Class Orientation and Welcome

Participants are introduced to the Academy Staff and fellow classmates.  The Chief of Police and his command staff are introduced.  State Certification and National Accreditation will be discussed. Light refreshments are available for participants and staff.  A tour of the facility and a brief history of our department will be presented by the Chief.       

Officer Survival/Mechanics of Arrest

Techniques involving officer survival are discussed.  Student will view videotapes regarding officer shootings and survival techniques.  Participants will perform practical exercises searching rooms and buildings.  Domestic disputes will also be discussed within this block of instruction.  The FATS Simulator will be utilized during this section of the academy. This simulator will place participants in shoot-don’t-shoot situations.  Students are also introduced to proper handcuffing techniques, as well as the use of force continuum.

Criminal Investigations Division/Crime Scene Processing

Members of the Criminal Investigation Division present this course.  Participants will be exposed to the structure of the Investigative Division as well as interview techniques, investigative tactics and available resources.  Juvenile offenses will be discussed during this block of instruction. Techniques for crime scene processing and evidence gathering are discussed.  Participants will conduct a practical exercise processing a mock crime scene. 

Drug Identification/Awareness

Participants will be introduced to the different drugs that affect our community.  Topics included will be drug recognition and intervention programs. The class will be supplemented by a variety of visual aides.

Traffic laws/Traffic Investigations/DUI Investigations

Participants are introduced to the Georgia Motor Vehicle Law. Other topics that are presented will include traffic direction, vehicle pullovers, officer safety and pursuits actions and officer responsibilities.

The laws regarding DUI cases are discussed along with techniques officers use in determining if a driver is safe to operate a motor vehicle.  Fatal Vision simulations will be utilized for this block of instruction. 

Juvenile Operations/Victim Witness

The Juvenile Officer will present an overview of procedures for dealing with the special needs and responsibilities relating to the arrest and processing of juvenile offenders.  The presenter will also provide an overview of victim/witness programs available within our jurisdiction.

Internet Crimes Against Children

The officer assigned to this program will discuss internet safety and prevention techniques to help protect your children from being victims of sexual predators.  Also, the officer will offer discussion on apprehension and education efforts in our community.  

Special Response Team Operations 

The Special Response Team Members of the Peachtree City Police Department will discuss their responsibilities and tactical operations abilities.  A field demonstration is provided.

FATS Simulator Training

Participants will be allowed to experience and shoot the Firearms Training System at one of the Regional Law Enforcement Academies.  This computer-aided instrument will place students in shoot-don’t shoot situations. This is usually one of the highlights of the academy.  

Communications 911 Center/Graduation

911 Center operations are discussed. Participants are given a tour of the communications center and will see how emergency calls are received, processed and dispatched.

If you have any further questions, please contact LT. Brad Williams at 770-487-8866 or click here to email for additional information.

Junior Police Academy (June 18th to 22nd, and June 25th to 29th)

In addition to the Adult Citizen's Police Academy, the department offers a junior version called the Junior Police Academy. We are pleased to offer this course at various times during the year.

The next Junior Police Academy will start June 19th, 2017.   The JPA is open for teens ages 13 to 17.  Application deadline is May 1st, 2017.  Sessions are usually held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  The format of the class is similar to the Citizen's Police Academy as described above.  If you have any additional questions, please email Sgt. Brian Eden at .

For a Junior Police Academy application, click here.