Police

Citizens Police Academy

Have Questions About the Police Department?

  • Have you ever wondered how the police perform their different duties?
  • Have you ever wanted to talk to a police officer about his or her experience as a law enforcement officer in your community?
  • How do you become a police officer and what does it take?
  • What training does an officer have to go through?
  • Have questions on the size of the Department or how many calls for service or arrests?

If you are interested in the answers to these questions and would like to know more, you should consider attending the next City Of Bethlehem Citizens' Police Academy.

What is a Citizens Police Academy?

It's an opportunity for you to meet the police officers, dispatchers and other members of the Police Department who protect and serve our City. The intent of the Citizens' Police Academy is not to train citizens to become police officers. Rather, it's the opportunity to see first hand the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement officers.

Learn about the hiring process, juvenile law, use of force issues, officer safety, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, traffic accident investigations, vice investigations, crime scene investigations, firearms and defensive tactics training, community policing, K-9 and mounted operations, and much more. The K-9 unit, mounted unit and bicycle unit will give demonstrations to the class. Participants will have the opportunity to go through “shoot, don’t shoot” scenarios on our department’s virtual training system. Graduates will have the opportunity to do a ride-a-long with a police officer on patrol.

Who Will Teach the Classes?

Police Officers and dispatchers who possess a wide variety of skills, training and experience will provide the instruction, Citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues and participate in some of the things officers do as part of their jobs.

Goal of the Citizens Police Academy

The goal of the Citizens' Police Academy is to enhance the relationship between the Police Department and the community, resulting in a better understanding of what the community can expect from the officers who serve them and the service they can provide.

How Do I Sign Up for the Academy?

Registration is now closed. There will be another academy in the Fall with details to follow.