Citizens' Police Academy

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What is the Citizen Police Academy?

The White House Police Department has found education to be the most effective means of gaining understanding and support from the community. The Citizen Police Academy offers citizens insight into how police officers perform their duties and how their department serves the community.

Note: While completion of the course gives citizens an understanding of the workings of the Police Department, it does not make a participant a certified law enforcement officer, nor is it designed to train citizens to perform any law enforcement duties.

Mission of the Academy

The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to foster better communication between citizens and police through education. The Academy will create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight into police practices and services. Graduates of the academy can share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunities arise. Everyone benefits from enhancing a citizen understanding of the role and function of their police department.

Course Description

Instruction consists of one 3-hour class held each week for duration of ten weeks. This instruction is comprehensive, covering a different area of the Division of Police each week. Certified police officers and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct classes on each topic. Classes are limited to 30 citizen attendees.

Course Curriculum 

  • Criminal Law
  • Crime Prevention
  • Recruitment/Training
  • Patrol Procedures
  • DUI Enforcement
  • K-9/Narcotics Interdiction
  • Emergency Response
  • Communications
  • Internal Affairs
  • Media/Public Relations
  • Firearms
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Community Relations, Services and Programs
  • School Resource Officer Program
  • D.A.R.E.
  • D.U.I. Enforcement
  • Emergency Management/Preparedness
  • Neighborhood Watch
          Citizen Police Academy Picture 2015 

A vital part of the Academy is participation in role playing and scenarios. These simulations will provide an opportunity for a unique “hands-on” learning experience. Students will also have the option, on a voluntary basis, to ride-along with a patrol officer, and attend municipal court and traffic school.

Who may attend the Academy?

  • Any interested citizen who resides or works in Sumner/Robertson County is encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the White House community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the Academy.
  • Citizens 18 years of age or older.
  • Citizens with no prior felony convictions.

When is the Academy?

The Citizen’s Academy is held once a year.

Next class will start in February 2020.

How do I apply to the Academy?

Download an application form or an application form may be picked up from:

White House Police Department
303 North Palmers Chapel Road
White House, Tennessee 37188

Complete, print, and return to the Police Department or send as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please contact:

Sergeant Eric Enck
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