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Community Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what the police are doing when you see a patrol car rushing to get somewhere?  Join Kent Police for an informative series of classes about our department. The current session of the Community Police Academy began Wednesday, March 12, 2014.  Registration is now closed. 


There is no cost for participating in the Community Police Academy. It is open to any adult, 18 years or older, that lives, works, or has an interest in the City of Kent and it’s police department. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For security reasons, all applicants must pass a background check. Persons with a felony conviction or recent misdemeanor conviction cannot be considered for participation. 

What is the Community Police Academy?

The Community Police Academy is delivered in a series of classes that offer straightforward, candid, information regarding daily and specialized operations of the police department, while defining the agency’s role in the community. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, for 6 weeks,  from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and are instructed by department members and civilian experts. There is one Saturday session (April 5) which will include tours of the City of Kent Correctional Facility (Kent jail) and the 9-1-1 center (Valley Communications Center). After attending the first three classes, participants are also eligible for a ride-along with a Kent police officer. 


Classes are held at the Kent Police/Fire Training Center, 24611 116 Ave SE, Kent. A wide range of law enforcement topics will be discussed to include an overview of law enforcement, recruiting/testing for new employees, traffic enforcement, investigations, narcotics, gangs, community education, use of force, stress and chaplaincy, K-9, and tours of Kent's dispatch center and the Kent jail will be available.


For more information, please leave a message for Volunteer, Libby Seidel, at 253-856-5880.