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Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is a fun, interactive 11 week course to learn about police work and what we do here at the UMass Police Department. Each class session begins with classroom training on a variety of subjects, including Drug and Alcohol Issues, Criminal and Constitutional Law, Motor Vehicle Law, Use of Force, Crime Scene Processing, and more. Following completion of classroom training students have an opportunity to engage in more dynamic hands-on training, allowing participants to try out some of the tools used by police officers, learn how a traffic stop works, view demonstrations by UMPD's K-9, Mounted, Motorcycle, and TAC Team units, and more.

The class is offered free of charge to UMass students, staff, and their families, as well as members from the surrounding communities. Certificates will be awarded to students who participate in all 11 sessions. Classes meet from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. each night at the UMPD station, located at 585 East Pleasant St. in Amherst.

The Spring 2013 Citizens Police Academy meets on the following Tuesdays:
2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23.

Please check back for dates of the Fall 2013 Class.

For more information, contact Officer Skinner at