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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 104 N. 5th 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.

Academy Topics

Week 1: Introduction and Introduction to Police Work
Week 2: 911 Communications
Week 3: Narcotics Investigations
Week 4: Crime Scene Investigation
Week 5: Traffic Operatoins/Polygraph
Week 6: Jail Tour and Procedure
Week 7: Court Room Procedure
  Range Day/K-9 Demonstration (optional)
Week 8: Use of Force/Graduation

Applications are available at the link above.

Sergeant Kendra Clere
Murray Police Department
104 N. 5th Street
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 753-1621

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can attend the academy?
Anyone over the age of 21 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.

Murray Police Department