Citizens Safety Academy

Crestview Police Department’s

Citizens’ Safety Academy

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Have you ever wanted to learn what police officers do on the job on a day-to-day basis or what it is like to ride in the police car as an officer? Then you will get the opportunity starting June 10, 2014.

The Crestview Police Department is hosting a Citizen Safety Academy at Warriors Hall on Tuesday evenings beginning July 1, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Citizens who desire to attend the academy must be at least 17 years of age and live or work in Okaloosa County. There will only be openings for 25 applicants and there is no cost.

The objective of the Citizen Safety Academy is not to train an individual to be a “Reserve Police Officer” but to produce informed citizens. The citizens and police officers will meet each other face to face in a neutral, friendly setting and each becomes a person to the other. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they can have a understanding about the person behind the badge.

The academy will be eleven consecutive Tuesday nights beginning June 10th and ending with a graduation and closing ceremony on September 9, 2014. Some of the topics include: traffic, patrol, evidence, investigations, domestic violence, drug investigations, law, community service, SWAT, communications, firearm safety and emergency aid. There will also be representativesrom the Crestview Fire Department, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Okaloosa County EMS, the Medical Examiner, Probation and Parole Services, and the Okaloosa Correctional Institute.

Once a person has completed the academy, those who desire to do so will have an opportunity to become a part of the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association(CPAAA). The CPAAA will provide vital volunteer support to and for the police department.

Applications may be obtained at the Crestview Police Department at 201 Stillwell Boulevard, or this link here: Crestview Police Department CSA App or for more information contact Community Service Officers Wanda Hulion( or Sam Kimmons(

About the Citizen’s Safety Academy

The Citizen’s Safety Academy provides community members with an inside look at local law enforcement and supporting agencies. While at the Academy, students will be introduced to a variety of topics as described under the curriculum outline.

The eleven-week Academy program (Tuesday nights only) is designed to give citizens an overview of the police department’s function and operational procedures. The curriculum and teachings are real examples of police methodology and casework; however, the weekly sessions are not designed to train the participant as a police officer.

Academy classes are taught by police executives and veteran police officers. There will also be representatives from supporting agencies to provide information about their role with law enforcement. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Police and staff members. They are encouraged to ask questions and express ideas and concerns to police employees.

Selection Procedure and Requirements

Citizen’s Safety Academy participants are selected by the Chief of Police through an application process. Applications are available at the police department and on the police department’s web page( Enrollment is limited to twenty-five(25) students per Academy class.

Potential candidates for the Citizen’s Safety Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 17 years.

  • Live or work in the Crestview area.

  • No felony convictions.

  • No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application.

  • Any requirement may be waived or modified upon review and approval of the Chief of Police


Students who successfully complete 90% of the curriculum will receive a Crestview Citizen’s Safety Academy Certificate of Completion.

In addition to a Crestview Citizen’s Safety Academy Certificate of Completion, graduates with 100% attendance will receive a Crestview Citizen’s Safety Academy Award of Excellence signed by the Chief of Police.

Students who complete the curriculum with less than 90% attendance will receive a Crestview Citizen’s Safety Academy Certificate of Recognition.

Students who do not complete 80% of the curriculum will be permitted to complete the remainder of the Academy curriculum, but will not be eligible for a certificate.

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