Deadline to apply for Elkhart Police Citizen’s Academy is Monday


The Elkhart Police Department’s “Citizens Police Academy,” begins Tuesday, March 3.

The course offers citizens insight as to how police officers and other city departments perform their duties pertaining to law enforcement.

The “Citizens Academy” is a ten week program where citizens attend 2½-hour classes, one night each week.

The classes are instructed by Elkhart Police Department personnel who have developed the curriculum which includes, but is not limited to, Narcotics Investigations, Special Response Team, Canine, Defensive Tactics, Professional Standards, Crime Scene Investigations and the Emergency 911 Communications Center.

During the academy, participants will receive information and demonstrations on how the different divisions of the police department work.

At the end of the academy, participants are encouraged to take part in a Ride-Along with an on duty officer to see how everything they have learned can be applied.

The “Citizens Academy” is scheduled for Tuesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting on March 3, going through May 12. (There will be no class on April 7, 2020 due to Spring Break.)

Anybody interested in participating must complete an application and release, which is available at the front desk of the Elkhart Police Department, 175 Waterfall Drive, Elkhart, Indiana 46516.

Applications will be taken until Feb. 24 and class size is limited to the first 18 approved applications.

Any questions or for a Digital copy of the application please contact Lt. Travis Snider at 574-389-4733 or


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