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Tumwater University 

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2017 Police Citizen's Academy

 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
October 30 - November 15, 2017 (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Tumwater Police Department
555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater  WA  98501

The Police Citizen’s Academy is a FREE two evenings per week, 3-week, classroom-based course designed to provide residents with a better understanding of local police services and the criminal justice system.

Commissioned police officers and detectives participate as instructors, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the police department and hands-on learning experiences.

What will I learn?

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the Tumwater Police Department’s operations. Topics include criminal law and the justice system, police patrol procedures, use of force, 911 communications, crime prevention, DUI/ traffic enforcement, domestic violence, school safety, narcotics, and investigations. Instruction includes presentations, demonstrations by the SWAT team and K-9 unit, and a mock crime scene investigation. All participants receive a diploma and a Tumwater University Police Citizen’s Academy t-shirt.

When is the Academy?

A time commitment of two evenings per week—Mondays and Wednesdays— for three weeks is required. These six sessions build on one another. Class begins October 30, 2017, and continues through November 15, 2017. Class time is from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. each night.

Who can attend?

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age (or a high school senior), live or work in the City of Tumwater, have a valid driver’s license, and no felony convictions or outstanding warrants. All applicants are subject to a background check. There is no fee to attend and class notebooks will be provided to participants. 

To register:

Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications.  The class is full.

Contact City of Tumwater Volunteer Coordinator at (360) 252-5424 or volunteer@ci.tumwater.wa.us for assistance with the registration process. 


More about Tumwater University

Since 2012, the City has hosted Tumwater University, a college-themed community education and engagement program. After graduation from Tumwater University, many "students" expressed a much better understanding of their local government and its services. The Police Citizen's Academy was developed in 2015, to offer a personal look at police services, public safety, and the criminal justice system in our community, and continue the tradition of Tumwater University's fun learning atmosphere.