2018 CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATION
2016 CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY PHOTO ALBUM
BARTOW POLICE DEPARTMENT – 2017 CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY
January 31, 2017 to April 11, 2017
The 2017 Citizens Police Academy (CPA) participants recently graduated from the 10-week program. The CPA Program, which began Tuesday, January 31, 2017, concluded April 11, 2017 with a graduation ceremony. Since 2010, this very popular annual program has been offered to the citizens of Bartow free of charge, due to the support from Bartow American Legion Post No. 3, funding the program 100%.
The classes are held at the Bartow Police Department and are limited to the first sixteen eligible applicants. Applicants must be 18 years of age, and pass a criminal background check. First availability will be given to applicants that reside or work within the city limits of Bartow.
If a 2018 Citizens Police Academy is offered, applications will be available in December 2017.
The Academy will provide a brief overview of the internal values, philosophy, and operations of the Bartow Police Department. A wide variety of topics are included in the Academy course. Citizens will examine training and related issues. Communications, Patrol, Demonstrations by Special Units, New Programs, and "hands-on" activities will be included. Participants will not be limited to the classroom. A Ride Along with an officer will be a part of the Academy, as well as the opportunity to observe in Communications. At the end of the course, participants will use their newly gained knowledge to uncover evidence in a "mock crime scene investigation".
Although the graduates of the Academy will not be certified police officers, we hope that they will become more aware of the difficult challenges and decisions an officer faces every day. Understanding can dispel suspicions and misconceptions and increase police/citizen rapport through education and information. The Department also becomes aware of the needs, feelings, and concerns of the community. Community involvement is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime, and when a partnership is formed, crime can be reduced and our neighborhoods will be safer places to live.
2014 Citizens Police Academy Photo Album
2013 Citizens Police Academy Photo Album
2012 Citizens Police Academy Photo Album
2011 Citizens Police Academy Photo Album
APPLICANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO APPLY AND MUST SIGN AN INDEMNITY RELEASE. BACKGROUND CHECKS WILL BE COMPLETED ON EACH APPLICANT. POTENTIAL CANDIDATES WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE CHIEF’S APPROVAL. INCOMPLETE AND/OR UNSIGNED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
A. Must not be convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving "moral turpitude" and who has not been released or discharged under less than "honorable" conditions from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.
B. Shall not have used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed any illegal controlled substance within the twelve (12) months prior to application.
C. Shall not have used, tried, tasted, experimented with, or possessed any illegal controlled substance classified as a Schedule I substance (except cannabis) or Schedule II substance as enumerated in Florida Statute 893.03 within the sixty (60) months prior to application.
D. Shall not have sold or delivered any illegal controlled substance at any time.
E. A CJSTC guideline background check will be performed by a person trained to collect background information. The check will include, but not be limited to:
- Local criminal histories
- National criminal history
- Driver's license history