The Novi, South Lyon, Milford, Wolverine Lake, and Walled Lake Police Departments developed the Lakes Area Citizen’s Police Academy to provide interested persons an inside look at law enforcement. The Academy is a 30-hour block of instruction designed to provide the public with a working knowledge of the police department’s personnel, policies, and procedures. The Academy meets three hours a week for 10 weeks and concludes with a graduation ceremony. The Academy is held once a year.
This class is made up of a cross-section of citizens who have a connection with at least one of the participating communities. Anyone 21 years of age or older may enroll. The only requirement is that applicants must live or work in any of the participating jurisdictions.
The Academy was created to provide the public with information to assist them in making informed judgements about local law enforcement. The goal of the Academy, through the educational process, is to increase public awareness and create strong partnerships between law enforcement and the community. Each Academy graduate will gain a deeper knowledge of how the criminal justice system fits into their community. Participating departments will become more aware of the feelings and concerns citizens within their communities may have.
The Lakes Area Citizen’s Police Academy consists of classroom instruction as well as hands-on practical application in the areas of patrol operations, traffic laws, communications, crime scene investigation, narcotics, crime prevention, medical examiner procedures, K-9, and the judicial system. Instruction consists of lectures, tours, demonstrations, and hands-on experience. Each student is encouraged to participate in a ride-along with the uniformed patrol division within the participating departments at the conclusion of the program.