The Citizen Police Academy is a look into the philosophy and operations of the Mayfield Heights Police Department. Designed for residents or persons employed in the City of Mayfield Heights who are 21 years or older, the academy educates participants on the “hows” and “whys” of the agency and law enforcement in general and the citizen’s role in the community-oriented policing philosophy. A wide variety of topics are included in the Academy. We cover topics such as patrol, criminal investigations, traffic accidents, SWAT, NARC, bomb squad, hostage negotiators, BCI, and airsoft range, and we also have special guest speakers! Various members of MHPD will serve as instructors and facilitators. Participants must commit to attending all nine (8) weeks of the course.
What is the purpose?
The purpose of the Mayfield Heights Citizen Police Academy is to provide information to our residents so they may make informed judgments about the department and law enforcement. Understanding often dispels suspicions and misconceptions and increases police-community rapport through this educational and open process. It also emphasizes our Mission Statement for a Police-Citizen Partnership. We hope our Academy graduates return to our community and share their positive experiences.
When is the Academy?
The 2024 Citizen Academy meets for eight weeks on Wednesday evenings beginning April 3, 2024, from 6 pm to 8 pm (some classes may run past 8 pm). The Academy is held at the Mayfield Heights Police Department. The Citizens Academy does require a time commitment from the student. Any attendee who misses more than one (1) session may not be eligible to graduate. There is no cost to the attendee. Casual clothes are recommended, and Academy Polo shirts will be provided.