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Citizens' Academy

What is a "Citizens' Academy?"

The Citizens' Academy is a thirteen-week program designed to provide North Las Vegas residents, in an academy setting, firsthand information about how their Police Department works.

Participation in the Academy requires a commitment of one night a week for the thirteen-week period. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m to 10:00 p.m. The instruction is either at the Washburn Community Police Facility located at 3755 W. Washburn (corner of Washburn and Allen) or the Slagle Public Safety Police building located at 1301 E. Lake Mead Blvd. (corner of Lake Mead and Bruce).  Locations may vary from week to week.

What is the Purpose of the Academy?

The Academy is designed to increase understanding between citizens and the Police through education. Our intent is to acquaint citizens with law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system, and provide increased understanding of the tasks police officers face in their daily work.

With better understanding it becomes easier for police and citizens to find realistic solutions to neighborhood problems.

Who Teaches the Academy Sessions?

The instructors are officers and personnel from the Department who teach in their own areas of expertise. Each has years of training and experience in the subject. The officers also bring street experience into the classroom.

What Subjects are Included?

The sessions include demonstrations by S.W.A.T. and K9, information about domestic violence and child abuse, the use of force, major crimes, patrol and investigations, judicial system proceedings, practical scenarios, shooting of  various firearms at the range.

Also during the thirteen weeks, Academy members will ride in a Patrol car for one shift to see firsthand what officers see and hear, and what they are trained to do under a variety of circumstances.

Throughout, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with Department personnel.

How are Participants Selected?

The Department attempts to reflect the broadest possible range within our community; this includes young and old, men and women, and representatives of special ethnic, cultural and civic groups.

How to Apply

Click here to fill out and submit the on-line application. You will be notified if you are selected for the next session.* There is no fee for the Academy. If you are sending the application by mail please use the following address:

North Las Vegas Police Department
C/O Citizens' Academy
3755 W. Washburn
North Las Vegas, NV 89031

* Applications submitted at this time will be collected and held for the next Academy session. The N.L.V. Police Department usually holds a Citizen's Academy twice a year; one in the spring and one in the fall.

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