Citizen's Academy

2017 Citizen's Academy - Accepting Applications Until May 31st


Are you interested in learning more about the role the police department plays in the community? Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a police officer?

The Fitchburg Police Department is pleased to announce its seventh annual Citizen's Police Academy Class.  The Citizen's Police Academy is a ten week program designed to inform those we serve about the role we play in the community. This experience provides a great deal of insight into the operations of the police department but is not a police training course.  

Topics include: 
  • Department Introduction & Tour
  • Drugs & Gangs - K9 Demonstration
  • Vehicle Contacts/Traffic Stops
  • Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Processing
  • Defensive and Arrest Tactics
  • Building Searches
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation & Control
  • Firearms
Academy participants will have the opportunity to conduct mock traffic stops, process a mock crime scene, get hands on experience with the same defensive and arrest tactics taught to officers, learn how to safely drive an emergency vehicle on a race track, learn how to handle and have the opportunity to shoot department firearms and experience scenarios similar to those presented to law enforcement officer recruits in the academy. Finally, all academy participants will be able to participate in a ride-along with a patrol officer. 

The academy is open to Fitchburg residents, or those who own or manage a business within the City of Fitchburg. Academy participants must be at least 18 years old and may not have a criminal history. All applicants are subject to a background check. 

SCHEDULE

Academy classes are held on Thursday nights* from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m..

The first academy session is Thursday, September 7th. The academy concludes on November 9th.

*One of the sessions will be held on Saturday, October 7th from 8 a.m. to noon.

APPLICATIONS

Applications can be downloaded here or by clicking the link below. Applications can also be picked up at the Police Department Records Counter during normal business hours or they can be obtained by e-mailing Sgt. Bomkamp at the address listed below.

Sgt. Don Bomkamp
Fitchburg Police Department
5520 Lacy Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711
don.bomkamp@fitchburgwi.gov

Completed applications can be e-mailed, mailed or dropped off at the Fitchburg Police Department, attention Sgt. Don Bomkamp. Applications must be received by May 31st.

2017 Citizens Academy Application Packet

QUESTIONS?

Contact Sgt. Bomkamp with any questions via e-mail or by phone:
Don.bomkamp@fitchburgwi.gov
608-270-4363

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MAY 31st, 2017


Citizen's Police Academy Overview


In an effort to educate those we serve about the role we play in the community the Department hosts an annual Citizen's Police Academy. Academy participants get a first hand look at the inner-workings of the Department and police work through hands-on learning experiences. Classes are held once a week for ten weeks and include the following topics:

  • Department Introduction & Tour
  • Drugs & Gangs
  • Vehicle Contacts/Traffic Stops
  • Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Processing
  • Defensive and Arrest Tactics
  • Building Searches
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation & Control
  • Firearms
The last class presents the participants with a  range of scenarios similar to those presented to actual law enforcement academy recruits. The Citizen's Academy is not a typical classroom experience as participants get to use the actual equipment used by officers on a daily basis.  Academy graduates leave with a greater understanding of police work and many have come back to participate and assist with Department events.