Great Falls Police Department Citizens' Academy

City of Great Falls Montana

What is the Citizens’ Academy?
The Academy runs twice a year usually in the Spring and Fall. The Citizens' Academy is a group of Great Falls area citizens who are interested in learning more about how their police department operates and the policing challenges our community faces. The Academy training will consist of classroom and “hands on” training with emphasis on student involvement.

What is the purpose of the Citizens’ Academy?
The purpose of the Great Falls Police Citizens’ Academy is to promote and enhance citizen understanding and awareness of the role of the Great Falls Police Department. The program is designed to develop positive relations between the police and the community through education. The goals are to create a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who have a better perception of police practices and services.

Who instructs the Academy?
Instructors are officers and personnel from the department who speak on their areas of expertise, as well as specialized guest speakers.

What subjects are covered?

  • Class #1   Intro / Chief’s Message
  • Class #2   Records / Patrol Functions / Support Services
  • Class #3   Firearms Simulator / K9 / DUI & DRE
  • Class #4   Taser
  • Class #5   Street Crimes / Gangs
  • Class #6   High Risk Unit (HRU)
  • Class #7   Detectives
  • Class #8   Hot Stops / Asp / Pepper Spray / Handcuffing
  • Class #9   Sex Crimes / Crimes against children
  • Class #10 Judge / Probations / Bail Bonding
  • Class #11 Live Range Day / Jail Tour / Dispatch Tour
  • Class #12 Police Culture / PTSD
  • Class #13 GRADUATION

How are participants selected?
Participants must be 18 years of age or older. They must be a resident of Great Falls or the surrounding area. We will conduct background checks on all participants. Participants approval will be at the discretion of the Academy facilitator and the police administration.

When does class meet?
The Academy is held twice each year: once in the Spring and once in the Fall.

Participation requires a commitment of one Wednesday evening per week, to include graduation, plus one Saturday afternoon; this is a total of 13 classes over 12 weeks. Classes are on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 PM to aprx. 9:30 PM. The Saturday afternoon session is from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. In addition, at the participants' option, patrol officer ride-alongs may be scheduled.

Classes are held at the Great Falls Police Department's Regional Training Center, 112 1st St. So.

What do I do next?

The next Academy will begin in the Fall of 2015. Check back here in July for more information as to how to apply.

For more information, please contact Officer Scott Bambenek at (406) 455-8529.

Thank you for your interest in the City of Great Falls Police Department!