Citizens Academy

Police_BadgeHenderson Police Citizens Academy Accepting Applications

The Henderson Police Department Citizens Academy is a 13-week program giving residents a unique insight into the life and training of a Henderson Police officer. The next class is scheduled for September 18 through December 11, 2018. Class meets each Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Main Police Station at 223 Lead St.

How To Apply

Applicants must live or work in the City of Henderson, be at least 18 years old, and have no felony, gross misdemeanor, or misdemeanor convictions. The department holds three Citizens Academies each year and space is limited. The deadline for applications for the upcoming Citizens Academy is Monday, August 6, 2018. Applications and background check forms can be picked up at the Main Police Station at 223 Lead St. or download the Fall 2018 Citizen Academy Application.

The goal of the Citizens Academy is to build a bridge between the citizens and the police department that serves them. During the 13-week program, citizens experience a civilian adapted version of the police academy. The Citizens Academy meets one night a week for 3 hours. The participants are given a dress code and a strict attendance requirement; no one is permitted to miss more than two classes. Graduates of this program gain a unique insight into the life and training of a law enforcement officer. Some topics are as follows:

  • Radio and Communication Training
  • Community Policing
  • Use of Force
  • Firearms Familiarization
  • Gang Enforcement
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Taser and Demonstration
  • Jail Intake Procedures
  • Criminal Justice Overview
  • Street Weapons
  • Police K-9 demonstration
  • Domestic Violence
  • Motorcycle Traffic Unit Radar Training
  • Criminalistics

The program is very popular and classes fill up quickly. A waiting list will be created if there are more applicants than available slots. There are three Citizens Academy programs annually.

For more information regarding the Citizen's Academy, call (702) 267-4850.