The Dalton Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy gives residents of Dalton and the surrounding region an up-close, behind the scene, and even hands-on look at the way our agency works. It’s a ten week course that meets once a week at the Police Services Center for three hours on Tuesdays and it’s free of charge. If you’re interested in going beyond what you see on TV and learning what real policing is like, this course was built for you.
Each of the ten sessions is led by subject matter experts among the officers and staff of the Dalton Police Department and covers every aspect of our operation. Everything from crime scene investigation, the drug and gang units, patrol operations to the history of policing itself and the laws that govern how officers make their cases is covered in an engaging manner. In addition to time in the classroom, participants get a chance to go to the firing range to test out each of the weapons issued to DPD officers and also to ride along with a Dalton officer during his or her shift.
Applications for the course are taken in December and classes begin in the following February.
To read articles from previous Citizens Police Academy sessions:
The Dalton Police Department will celebrate 20 years of hosting the Citizens Police Academy with an open house reunion for all graduates of the program on April 16th. The agency is currently conducting its 23rd Citizens Academy class. Graduates of the program will be receiving invitations by mail to attend the open house which will […]
Last Tuesday night, participants in the Citizen's Police Academy got a chance at some target practice at the Whitfield County Firing Range during the 5th meeting. Lieutenant Chris Crossen and Master Patrol Officer Chris McDonald showed the group the different types of guns used by the officers of the DPD. The participants also learned about gun […]
Tuesday night marked the 4th week of the Citizens’ Police Academy. This week, the participants were introduced to the very active Criminal Investigation Division. The class started off with CID Lieutenant Chip Whitfield and CID Sergeant Matthew Locke introducing CID and its purpose within the agency. After the introduction to CID, participants were briefed on […]
The 21st Citizens Police Academy began classes on Tuesday, February 26 at the Dalton Police Services Center. The first class was opened with a Presentation of the Colors by the DPD Honor Guard and a welcome from DPD Chief Jason Parker. The session concluded with a guided tour of the Police Services Center, led by […]