Jacksonville’s Public Safety Citizens Academy is designed to enhance communication and relationships between Citizens, Fire & Emergency Services and Police through information and education. The Academy provides an opportunity for Citizens to learn about the Police Department and Fire & Emergency Services operations. This learning experience includes a tour of the Public Safety Complex, a series of presentations, field trips and simulated activities.
The goal of the Academy is to build relationships and create a group of well informed Citizens who possess greater insight into City of Jacksonville Public Safety practices and services.
The 2020 Academy will take place April 9 - May 15, 2020. Classes are held Thursdays from 5:30 to 7PM. Unless otherwise specified, classes are conducted at the Center for Public Safety located at 200 Marine Blvd. Instruction is provided by Police Department and Fire & Emergency Services personnel.
Curriculum may include:
- Overview of Department Operations and Organization
- Introduction to Community Oriented Policing
- Patrol Functions – Traffic Control
- Firearms Operations
- Fire Safety
- Communications and the processing of calls for service
- Fire Prevention
- Fire Service Areas
Qualifications for Participation
Academy participants must be a minimum of 18 years of age, a City of Jacksonville resident, City of Jacksonville business owner, or employed in the City. Applications from those who live outside City limits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All applicants must pass a criminal history background check before participating in the Public Safety Citizens Academy. Applications are due by 5PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.