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Canton Public Safety

Posted on: January 17, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Citizens Police Academy being held this spring in Canton

January 17, 2017, Canton, MI – The Canton Police Department is currently planning its next Citizens Police Academy for individuals who are interested in acquiring insight and knowledge on how the police department works to serve the Canton community.


Individuals attending the academy will be educated on the policies and operational procedures of the department through presentations, demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Students’ personal knowledge on law enforcement’s role in the criminal justice system will be enhanced, as well as their understanding of the training and education required for police officers to effectively handle the challenges of police work. 


“Academy participants will gain insight into the difficult challenges law enforcement personnel face on a daily basis through interesting and informative instruction,” said Canton Public Safety Director Joshua Meier.


The overall mission of the Citizens Police Academy is to develop positive relationships between citizens and police officers, enhancing cooperation, understanding, and general good will.


“Because the Citizens Police Academy has been so well received, we’ve decided test pilot a mini-Citizens Fire Academy this year,” said Meier.  “Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy two additional weeks consisting of cross-over academy sessions with the Fire Department,” Meier added.


This year’s Citizens Police Academy will be held on Thursdays from 6 – 9 p.m., for eight weeks beginning on April 13, 2017 – June 1, 2017. 


Class size is limited for this free program.  Applicant requirements include the following:

  • Canton residents only
  • Age 21 & over
  • No felony convictions; no misdemeanor convictions in the past 3 years
  • Applicants subject to a background check

Applications will be accepted online from February 1 – 28, 2017 at, or in person at the front desk of the Canton Police Department located at 1150 S. Canton Center Road.  Questions can be directed to Special Services Sgt. Ed Johnson at 734/394-5411.


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