The Citizens' Academy began in 1997 and was created to develop a
strong partnership between community members and Lemoore Police
Department. Through the Academy, our police department is truly open to
the community, and increased trust and understanding become possible
through openness and education. The Academy allows participants to
experience conditions similar to the training officers receive and
exposes participants to the daily operational duties of police officers.
The Citizens' Academy is taught by Police Department members, each
highlighting their individual area of expertise. During the 7 week
academy, citizens learn about officer survival, crime scene
investigation, DUI enforcement, use-of-force issues, records and
dispatch, D.A.R.E., as well as narcotics and
surveillance. Academy members ride along in a patrol car at least once
to experience firsthand the activities police officers routinely are
exposed to and how they handle each situation. There is no cost to the
citizen to attend the academy, just a commitment to attend all required
The Lemoore Police Department offers two academies each year and is
open to the general public. For more information about the Citizens'
Academy, please call 924-9574 or 925-6877.