Kent County Sherrif’s Department is gearing up for their next Citizen’s Police Academy which begins meeting Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 in September.

The course is a 13-week course which is designed to “develop and enhance citizen awareness and understanding of the police role in the community”. According to, the course is meant to give attendees a realistic look at what it’s like daily for police officers.

Topics presented include:

  • “Meet the Sheriff”

  • Tour of the Court House

  • Marine Unit & Dive Team

  • Tour of the Mounted Unit

  • 911 Communications Center

  • Tour of the Correctional Facility

  • Criminal Investigations

  • Crime Scene Processing and Forensics

  • Patrol Operations

  • K-9 Unit

  • Vice

  • TAC

  • Use of Force Training

  • Traffic Stops

If you’re interested in joining the upcoming Citizen’s Police Academy, you just have to be at least 21-years old, with no prior felonies ever or misdemeanors in the last 3 years. You also must live or work in Kent County. The course is free if you’re selected.

If you want to apply or if you have more questions about the selection process you can call the Community Services Unit at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616-632-6221 or CLICK HERE.

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