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Community Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what the police are doing when you see a patrol car with the lights and siren on?  Do you wonder what goes on inside the police station?  Join us for a six week informative series of classes about our department! 


The next session of the Community Police Academy tentatively runs from Wednesday, April 6, 2016 through Wednesday, June 8, 2016. Registration coming soon! Space is limited and pre-registration is required.


There is no cost for participating in the Community Police Academy. It is open to adults, 18 years or older, that live, work, or have an interest in the City of Kent and the Kent Police Department. For security reasons, all applicants must pass a background check. Persons with a felony conviction or recent misdemeanor conviction will not be considered for participation. 

What is the Community Police Academy?

The Community Police Academy was created to forge a partnership between citizens and the Kent Police Department. It is delivered in a series of classes and hands-on experiences that offer straightforward, candid information regarding daily and specialized operations of the police department, while defining the agency’s role in the community.


A wide range of law enforcement topics will be discussed. Included in these discussions is an overview of law enforcement, recruiting/testing for new employees, traffic enforcement, investigations, narcotics, gangs, community education, use of force, K-9, and SWAT. Other topics will include the Chaplaincy program, mock crime scenes, and optional tours of the Kent jail and Valley Communications.


Classes are held at the Kent Police/Fire Training Center, located at 24611 116 Ave SE, Kent. Classes are from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and are instructed by expert department members. There is one Saturday session which includes optional tours of the City of Kent Correctional Facility (Kent jail) and Valley Communications Center (9-1-1 facility). After attending the first four classes, participants are eligible for one ride-along with a Kent police officer.  


For additional information please contact us via email.