Citizens Police Academy

Who Can Participate

  • Citizens who resides in the Town of Salem or are members of the Salem Exchange Club
  • Citizens 18 years of age or older
  • Citizens who do not have a known criminal history

A local records and criminal history check will be performed on all applicants selected for admission. Persons with a history of theft, repeated offenses, drug-related crimes, and any other history which would call the character of the applicant into question will not be considered.

About the Course

The Citizen's Police Academy runs for 11 weeks. Classes will be held at Salem Police Department on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm until 9 pm. Classes may run longer depending on the subject matter and class questions.

The course instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Police Department each week. The academy spans over 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian attorneys will conduct each topic. There is no cost for this class due to a generous donation from the Salem Exchange Club.

Graduates from the Citizen's Police Academy will have a better understanding of the operation of the Salem Police Department. They will also have a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges and decisions faced by the members of the Salem Police Department each and every day. Community involvement is the most powerful force any law enforcement agency has in its fight against crime.