Great Falls Police Department Citizens' Academy

City of Great Falls Montana

What is the Citizens’ Academy?
The Academy runs twice a year, 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? (Tentative - subject to change)

  • Chief’s Message
  • Records / Support Capt. / Investigation Capt / Patrol Capt.
  • Live Range Day / Jail Tour / 911 Dispatch Tour
  • Sex Crimes / Internet Crimes Against Children
  • High Risk Unit (HRU)
  • DUI & DRE
  • High Risk Traffic Stops / Pepper Spray / Handcuffing
  • Taser
  • Detectives / Street Crimes / Criminal Motorcycle Gangs
  • Police Culture / PTSD

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 2016 Fall Academy runs from Wednesday, September 7th with graduation occurring on November 9th.

Participation requires a commitment of one Wednesday evening per week (including graduation night), plus one Saturday afternoon, for a total of 11 classes over 10 weeks.  Wednesday evenings will be from 6:30 to no later than 9:30 pm, and the Saturday afternoon session will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Participants may opt to schedule a ride-along with a patrol officer.

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

What do I do next?

The 2016 Fall Academy is now full and no more applications are being accepted. Please check back in mid-February 2017 for information on applying for the Spring Academy.

For more information, please contact Officer Clint Houston at (406) 455-8529.

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