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Tumwater University

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2019 Police Citizen's Academy

6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Mondays and Wednesdays

Sept 30 - Oct 30, 2019 (no classes on Oct 14 or 16)

Tumwater City Hall
555 Israel Road SW in Tumwater


The Police Citizen’s Academy is a FREE 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 four weeks is required. These sessions build on one another. Class begins Monday, September 1, 2019 and continues through October 30, 2019 with the exception that there will be no classes on October 14 or 16. Class time is from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. each night at City Hall and students will report to the Council Chambers for class.

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. Space is limited to 30 students, however, alternates may be chosen if space permits so all interested participants are encouraged to apply.


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.