We will be starting the next academy from Sept. 4 - Nov. 13, 2019.
What is a "Citizens' Academy?"
The Citizens' Academy is a 10 week program designed to provide North Las Vegas residents, in an academy setting, firsthand information about how their Police Department works.
Participation in the Academy requires a commitment of one night a week for the 10 week period. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the North Las Vegas Police Department Northwest Area Command, located at 3755 W. Washburn.
What is the Purpose of the Academy?
The Academy is designed to increase understanding between citizens and the Police through education. Our intent is to acquaint citizens with law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system, and provide increased understanding of the tasks police officers face in their daily work.
With better understanding it becomes easier for police and citizens to find realistic solutions to neighborhood problems.
Who Teaches the Academy Sessions?
The instructors are officers and personnel from the Department who teach in their own areas of expertise. Each instructor has years of training and experience in the subject. The officers also bring street experience into the classroom.
What Subjects are Included?
The sessions include demonstrations by SWAT, information about domestic violence, use of force, major crimes, and patrol.
In one session members will "fire" in the Firearms Training Simulator, or FATS, in videotaped enactments of crimes.
Also during the 10 weeks, Academy members will ride in a Patrol car for one shift to see firsthand what officers see and hear, and what they are trained to do under a variety of circumstances.
Throughout, participants are encouraged to ask questions and discuss topics with Department personnel.
How are Participants Selected?
The Department attempts to reflect the broadest possible range within our community; this includes young and old, men and women, and representatives of special ethnic, cultural and civic groups.
How to Apply:
Contact the NLVPD, Portland Preston at 702-633-2899, for an application.