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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Public Information Office


For Immediate Release: August 19, 2008



Goodyear offers free 12-week Citizen Police Academy



GOODYEAR, ARIZ.The Citizen Police Academy is a revolutionary concept in law enforcement and community relations. The program is designed to develop citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement that appeals to citizens of all backgrounds and occupations. The free, 28-hour training program includes both classroom and “hands-on” instruction.


The free 12-week class includes a tour of jail and police facilities, role-playing scenarios, firearm simulated training, constitutional law, self-defense activities, and demonstrations by specialized police units.


Students will tour the police facility, ride-along with an officer, and participate in role-playing scenarios, simulated firearm training and self defense activities.


The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional police academy, but students are not potential police officers. They are bankers, attorneys, city council members, judges, business owners, housewives, media representatives and neighborhood watchers.

Students meet weekly for three hours. Course topics include all aspects of police work and are taught by management and non-management department members.

Graduates of the academy will be familiar with operations of the Goodyear Police Department and will come away with a deeper understanding of the problems encountered by police officers. They will be well-informed citizens and able to relate their experiences to friends and coworkers. They will also have the opportunity to express their concerns to police employees.

Classes are free, and meet 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays, from September 23 through December 9, at Goodyear City Hall, 190 N. Litchfield Road, Room 117. Applications may be submitted online or downloaded and filled out manually.

For more information email Detective Anna Ybarra at or Telecommunications Supervisor Sherry Giese at Or call 623-932-1220.


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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749