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Citizens Police Academy

A message from Chief Liles about the Citizens Police Academy:

I cordially invite you to attend the Murray Police Department Citizens Police Academy. Understanding and cooperation between law enforcement and citizenry is vital to the mission of all law enforcement agencies.

I believe you will be impressed with the skill and knowledge of the men and women of the Murray Police Department and will leave with a better feel for the job they do to protect and serve everyday.

You may pick up an application at department headquarters at 407 Poplar Street in Murray or you may download the  application online (PDF) and return to the department headquarters. I look forward to working with you in the future to continue to make the City of Murray one of the safest communities in the country.

The Murray Police Department will be holding the Spring 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy beginning March 9th and run through April 27th. The Citizens’ Police Academy is a program whereby citizens of Murray can learn more about police work in general, and how the Murray Police Department serves the community. It is an eight week program which will meet on Monday evenings beginning at 6:30 p.m. and last approximately two hours. Topics will include:

Week 1:    Monday, March 9th                Introduction and 911 Communications
Week 2:    Monday, March 16th              Introduction to Police Work
Week 3:    Monday, March 23rd              Traffic Operations/Polygraph
Week 4:    Monday, March 30th              Crime Scene Investigation
Week 5:    Monday, April 6th                  Narcotics Investigations
                Saturday, April 11th               Range Day/K-9 Demostration (optional)
Week 6:    Monday, April 13th                Jail Tour and Procedure
Week 7:    Monday, April 20th                Court Room Procedure
Week 8:    Monday, April 27th                Use of Force/Graduation
Applications are available
at the link above.

Sgt. David Howe
Murray Police Department
407 Poplar Street
Murray, KY 42071

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can attend the academy?
Anyone over the age of 21 who lives or works in the City of Murray can apply to attend the academy. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics, applicants will be subjected to a limited background check to determine their suitability. The check will be limited to criminal history and warrant information. The information will not be used for any other purpose nor shared with any other person or entity.

Is there a charge for this program?
No, this program is offered absolutely free of charge as a way to give back to the community where our officers live and work.

What will I receive upon graduation?
Upon graduation attendees will receive a group photo, a citizens police academy t-shirt and an opportunity to be a part of the Murray Police Department Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association.

Will this make me a police officer?
No. This program is designed to present information on what the police department actually does and provide a forum to allow constructive interaction between the police department and the citizens. The academy graduates will not become police officers, but hopefully they, along with the officers, will work through the misconceptions created from a lack of understanding of the daily activities of law enforcement.

What is the Citizens Police Academy?
The Citizens Police Academy is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that face law enforcement efforts in Murray and Calloway County.

The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is not only to help local residents better understand police work in their community, but to develop stronger ties between our community and police agencies in an effort to better address crime issues.

Academy attendees are instructed on how the Police Department functions and the day to day operations of the different divisions within the department. Part of the academy includes a visit to the firing range as well as an opportunity for a ride a long with a patrol officer.

Participants will learn about everything from 911 operational procedures to accident investigations to criminal investigations. The classes are conducted by officers assigned to the area of the scheduled topic. Various field work will also be included in the course.