The Citizen Public Safety Academy is a 36-hour, 12-week course designed to give citizens working knowledge of the operations and responsibilities of the Plymouth Police and Fire departments.
The free program is generally offered during the fall. Students meet one night each week from 7 to 10 p.m. They receive instruction from police officers, firefighters and other public safety professionals.
Applications are typically accepted during the summer. During the time that applications are being accepted, an application form will be posted on this website along with the dates of the upcoming academy.
The subjects covered in the academy, by lecture and demonstration, include:
- History of policing;
- Patrol operations;
- Emergency communications;
- Legal issues;
- Fire service;
- Police tactics;
- Support operations;
- Auxiliary services;
- Public safety education and community interaction; and
- Decision shooting.
The academy helps strengthen the partnership between public safety professionals and the community by sharing information and promoting a better understanding of public safety services.
Any person, who is at least 18 years old, and either lives, works, or owns a business in Plymouth may apply to the academy.
A criminal history check will be run on all eligible applicants. (A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant.) The police chief will make appointments to the academy.