The Citizens Police Academy is a 13-week
program designed to promote citizen interaction with Department members. Academy
students discover how the Savannah Police Department is organized, how it interacts with
other components of City government and the criminal justice system, and how the
Department and the community work together to improve the quality of life.
During the semester long program, officers
from individual units of SPD make presentations to the class which describe their role in
the successful operation of the Department This provides class members with an
opportunity, in an informal setting, to ask questions and share information with the
officers. In addition to the various components of SPD, presentations are also made
The Chatham County District Attorney's
Silent Witness (Crime Stoppers), and
But the program is not all classroom
lecture. Class members tour the Chatham County Jail, the Department's 4 Patrol
Precincts, and the Chatham County Regional Youth Detention Facility. By
however, the highlight of the Citizens Academy is a ride along with a working beat officer
on the City's streets.
Classes are held on Thursday evenings from
6:30 PM until 9:30 PM in the Squad Room of Police Headquarters at 201 Habersham Street (at
the corner of Oglethorpe Avenue). The headquarters building is the oldest, original,
operational police headquarters building in the country.
Graduates of the program receive
continuing education credits from Armstrong Atlantic State University, a
certificate of graduation from the Department, and a class photo. The program is also recognized for
training credits by the Chatham/Savannah Board of Education.
Citizens Academy sessions begin during the
second week of February and the second week of September. Applicants must:
Be at least 18 years of age,
pass a limited background check, and
not have been convicted of a felony or
Applications may be obtained by contacting
Cpl. Mike Nichols
651-4226. Or you may stop by Savannah Police Headquarters, or any of the
Precincts. A $10.00 registration fee
must accompany the completed application.