Citizen's Police Academy
The purpose of the Warsaw Citizen's Police Academy is to provide an educational program that strives to create better understanding and communications between Warsaw’s police personnel and community members. This is an opportunity for the citizens of Warsaw to learn more about the men and women who are protecting their neighborhoods and why they make the decisions they do. The Warsaw Citizen's Police Academy also presents an opportunity for the citizens to voice their concerns directly to the police.
Our primary goal is to develop positive relations between the Warsaw Police Department and the community. We strive to create a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who have the potential to influence public opinions about police practices and services. Citizens gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions. This program gives citizens the opportunity to bridge the gap between law enforcement and civilians. It shows the community that we are interested in what they have to say, and their voices are heard.
The academy is ten (10) weeks in length. Classes are held in the evening, and each 3-1/2 hour session covers a different aspect of the Warsaw Police Department. Participants are presented with candid explanations of how each division functions. They learn how officers handle both successes and problems on a day-to-day basis. The Academy also includes an optional four-hour ride-along with a patrol officer and a tour of the police facilities.
Participants are selected from a simple application process. Chosen participants come from a variety of backgrounds, with a variety of questions and philosophies about police officers. They range from public officials to school teachers to businessmen. Applications are available at the Warsaw Police Department and must be received by August 1 of each year.
All who attend the WCPA are provided with a notebook and handouts pertinent to each of the topics. A meal is served at each session by members of the Academy Alumni. At the end of each class session, participants evaluate the lesson they have just completed—which helps with planning future sessions. Upon graduation, everyone in the class receives a graduation certificate and a special gift from the Academy staff.
Why apply for the WCPA?
“I’ve always respected our law enforcement for what they do daily, but [now] I have much more compassion for what the officers and their families give up to support our community.”
–Pam Messmore (Vice President, Regional Manager – Lake City Bank)
“The whole 10 weeks were full of learning. An eye-opening experience.”
–Dan Smith (Retired Small Business Owner)
You can apply online to become a participant in our next class. The 2016 Class is full. We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you for your interest. Watch for the posting for the 2017 class!
Contact Greg Oberlin, 574-372-9534 ext. 369, with any further questions.