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GFPD prepping for next Citizens Academy

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Jun 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-17 18:50:36-04

GREAT FALLS — The Great Falls Police Department is now accepting applications for its next Citizens Academy program.

The course runs from September 2nd through November 11th, and is designed to enhance understanding and awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the GFPD, and to foster positive relations between police and the community.

What subjects are covered? (Tentative - subject to change)

  • Department structure
  • Records and evidence
  • Firing range
  • Detention Center and 911 dispatch tours
  • Sex Crimes and Internet Crimes Against Children
  • High Risk Unit
  • DUI and illicit drugs
  • High risk traffic stops
  • Handcuffing
  • Taser Taser Taser
  • General Case Detectives and homicide
  • Outlaw motorcycle gangs
  • Police culture / PTSD
  • Animal control


  • Thursday nights (+ one Saturday)
  • 6:30pm -9:30pm
  • September 2nd - November 11th
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Must pass a background check

If you would like to apply, click here.

Participation requires a commitment of one evening per week (including graduation night). The Saturday session will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Participants may opt to schedule a ride-along with a patrol officer. Classes are held at the Great Falls Police Department's Regional Training Center at 112 1st Street South.