O’Fallon’s Citizens Police Academy open to adults who live or work in St. Charles County

Adults age 18 and up are invited to enroll in O'Fallon's Citizens Police Academy. The six-week program begins March 5.

For a dynamic course in police operations, enroll in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy. Beginning March 5, the six-week class will meet from 6:45-9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Enrollment is open to adults age 18 or older who live, work or attend school in St. Charles County. The cost for the course is $30. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, February 26.

 “People from all walks of life are encouraged to attend the Academy, which is only offered once a year,” said Police Officer Tim Bateman, the academy’s director. “Whether you’re a member of a neighborhood association, or considering a career in law enforcement or if you would just like to know more about law enforcement, the academy offers the best opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at police operations. Academy graduates also become eligible for police-related volunteering opportunities, if they choose.”   

The Citizens Police Academy stresses hands-on training and participation whenever possible. The course includes an introduction to firearms training and presentations by professionals on identity theft and cybercrime. Topics and activities to be covered during the 2013 Academy are:

  • Patrol operations, including riding assignments with an O’Fallon Police Officer
  • An overview of investigations (criminal, traffic, DWI, crime scene)
  • Drug awareness, local drug task force
  • Use of force, Taser, less lethal weapons
  • Internet safety, identity theft awareness
  • Tours of the O’Fallon Police Department
  • O’Fallon’s K-9 program
  • A day at the O’Fallon firearms range (Saturday) for demonstrations, hands-on participation
  • St. Charles County Regional SWAT


Applications are available online at www.ofallon.mo.us/PD/CPA and at the O’Fallon Police Department, 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Applicants must not have a felony conviction, an outstanding warrant, or a misdemeanor arrest for moral issues. For more information, please contact P.O. Tim Bateman at tbateman@ofallon.mo.us  or 636-379-5798. Or call 636-240-3200

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George From North O'Fallon January 09, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I highly recommend this class. The ride along s are exciting. It's nice to see cops from their points of view. After graduating from this class I have a much higher respect for law enforcement.
Jordan Lanham January 09, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Thanks for sharing George!


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