Annually the Ponca City Police Department holds a Citizen Police Academy. The academy begins in January and ends in April and meets in the evening, one time per week for about three hours. The class size is limited to 20 participants. Applications become available in November prior to the academy beginning the following January. Each session builds on the ones that follow, so a commitment for weekly attendance is required.
The course is a blend of lecture, demonstrations, tours and practical applications. Nearly every facet of the operations of the Police Department is covered during academy, and there is no cost for participants. Topics that are covered include: Emergency communications, Community Policing, Hiring and Training, Patrol, Domestic Violence, Traffic enforcement and crash investigations, DUI and alcohol related offensives. Also covered are firearms, juvenile crimes, gang activity, special operations, property crime and crimes against person, the use of force simulator and more.
The instructors are members of the Ponca City Police Department. For more information, contact Police Chief Don Bohon at 767-0370.