OCPD Citizens Academy
The Citizen's Academy was developed to provide a better understanding between citizens and the police department through education. The academy has been expanded to include a variety of members of the criminal justice system. Information is provided to academy participants about a wide variety of law enforcement functions by the personnel who perform the services.
Discussions between the citizens and police officers create an understanding that citizens can take back to their communities. Participants are expected to share the realistic view of the police and other departments in the justice system with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in the county.
President: Oscar Harrington
Vice President: Jim Griffin
Treasurer: Ron Pfeffer
Secretary: Linda Harrington
Board Member: Jerry Zoeller
Board Member: Stuart Strickler
Board Member: Tom McShane
How To Apply
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. Younger applicants may be considered on a case-by-case basis. You may download and application below (in PDF format) and return it to the Oldham County Police Department either by mail or in person, or you may submit the information electronically.
The purpose of the program is to provide information to Oldham County citizens so they can make informed judgments about the criminal justice system. Proper understanding can dispel common suspicions and misconceptions and increase police-community cooperation. The police department, in return, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the citizens.
What Topics Are Covered
Classes will include criminal investigations, patrol, K-9, crime prevention, emergency management, use of force, evidence procedures, traffic enforcement, search and rescue, firearms training, personnel, and the drug task force. Additionally, instructors from other agencies involved in criminal justice will present classes on 911 dispatch, the prosecutor's office, public defenders, and the court system.
The academy meets on weekday evening for 3 hours. Each academy session runs for 10 weeks and is limited to 25 participants. The academy requires a substantial commitment. Participants are required to attend nine of the ten sessions to successfully complete the academy and receive a Certificate of Completion. There is no charge for the academy and all materials will be provided. All Citizen Academy graduates are eligible to become members of the Alumni Association. This affords the graduate the opportunity to work with others in the association and continue their interest and efforts in support of law enforcement.