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Citizens Police Academy

We cordially invite you to attend the Murray Police Department Citizens Police Academy. As Sir Robert Peel stated, “the police are the people, and the people are the police.” This is a strongly held belief of our department, and we are always looking for more ways to continue to reinforce this connection between the community and the police. The Citizens Police Academy is a great way for the community to get an inside view of our agency and what we do on a daily basis. If you've ever been curious about how a police department works, or what a police officer learns and how they do their jobs, apply for the Murray Police Department's Citizen Police Academy.

Classes will meet on Mondays starting at 6 PM and will usually last up to an hour and a half. Please see below for the Fall 2024 schedule (subject to change). Note that we will not meet for the week of fall break.

You may pick up an application at the police department at 104 N. 5th Street in Murray or you may download the application online (PDF) and return to the police department. I look forward to working with you in the future to continue to make the City of Murray one of the safest communities in the country.

Academy Topics

Week 1: 9/9/2024 Introduction, Tour, and Telecommunications
Week 2: 9/16/2024 Patrol Operations- DUI, Traffic Stops, and Collisions
Week 3: 9/23/2024 General Investigations and Crime Scene
Week 4: 9/30/2024 Use of Force
Week 5: 10/14/2024 Narcotics, Technology, and K-9 Demo
Week 6: 10/21/2024 CPR/AED
Week 7: 10/28/2024 Prosecutor and Graduation

Applications are available at the link above.

Captain Andrew Wiggins
Murray Police Department
104 N. 5th Street
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 753-1621

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can attend the academy?
Anyone over the age of 18 can apply to attend the academy. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics, applicants will be subjected to a limited background check to determine their suitability. The check will be limited to criminal history and warrant information. The information will not be used for any other purpose nor shared with any other person or entity.

Is there a charge for this program?
No, this program is offered absolutely free of charge as a way to give back to the community where our officers live and work.

What will I receive upon graduation?
Upon graduation attendees will receive a group photo, a citizens police academy t-shirt, the opportunity to complete a ride along with an officer, and CPR/AED certification (this is subject to change pending potential emergencies that would prevent the training).

Will this make me a police officer?
No. This program is designed to present information on what the police department actually does and provide a forum to allow constructive interaction between the police department and the citizens. The academy graduates will not become police officers, but hopefully they, along with the officers, will work through the misconceptions created from a lack of understanding of the daily activities of law enforcement.

What is the Citizens Police Academy?

The Citizens Police Academy is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that face law enforcement efforts in Murray and Calloway County.

The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is not only to help local residents better understand police work in their community, but to develop stronger ties between our community and police agencies in an effort to better address crime issues.

Academy attendees are instructed on how the police department functions and the day to day operations of the different divisions within the department. Participants will learn about everything from 911 operational procedures to accident investigations to criminal investigations. The classes are conducted by officers assigned to the area of the scheduled topic. Various field work will also be included in the course.

Murray Police Department