Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy is based on the philosophy of Community Policing. This philosophy dates back to the 19th Century with the initiatives of Sir Robert Peel of the London Metropolitan Police Department. "Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and public are the police; the police being the only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence." Sir Robert Peel, 1829
What is it?
The Citizens Police Academy consists of 30 hours of instruction designed to give the public a working knowledge of the police department’s personnel and policies. The 30 hours of instruction are delivered during 3-hour classes over an 11-week period. The instruction covers the various areas within the police department. The Academy is held twice a year, in the Spring and Fall.
The Citizens Police Academy was created in order to enhance the relationship between the community and its police department. This is accomplished by informing the community of "who" the police department is, "what" the police department does, "why" and "how" the police department operates. The community can then make an informed judgment of the department’s policies and practices.
Who may attend?
The classes are made up of a cross section of people within the community. Anyone 21 years of age or older may enroll.
The Citizens Police Academy will cover such diverse topics as firearms training, accident investigations, criminal investigations, narcotics investigations, family violence and criminal law. Emphasis is placed on the patrol division, the segment of the police with which the public has the most contact. Instruction consists of lectures, tours, demonstrations and hands-on training.
It is believed that by understanding the MARTA Police objectives, the community will realize a number of benefits: a reduction in crime, a reduction in the climate for violence, and a heightened sense of personal safety. In addition, the police department becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community, and able to provide improved service. The Citizens Police Academy provides a two-way learning process.
For more information, contact Officer Natalie Johnson 404-848-3670.
This information is provided for personal use only as general information. While attempts are made to maintain the accuracy of this information, it should not be relied upon for any purpose without confirmation in writing by MARTA Police. The MARTA Police Department is not liable to users of this data for any loss or damages arising from the reporting, use or modification of the data. The MARTA Police Department may update or modify the data at any time without notice and makes no commitment to update the information contained herein.
For official crime reports and assistance call MARTA Police Services at (404) 848-4900.