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The more information the public has about their police department, the less suspicions, fears, and misconceptions will exist. Many conflicts are caused simply by a lack of understanding, and these could be avoided. The motto of the Citizen Police Academy is “Understanding through Education”.
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The purpose of conducting a citizens' police academy is to give the public a working knowledge of the Watertown Police Department’s policies and procedures, through a series of classes instructed by Watertown Police Department personnel.
Participants meet once per week for ten consecutive weeks. The sessions will be held at the Watertown Police Department located at 552 Main Street in Watertown. Instruction is designed to be appealing to participants with lectures, tours, demonstrations, and hands-on practice.
The sessions are designed to give an overview of the Watertown Police Department and its various functions, from hiring practices to training and investigation.
We believe that an informed public is better able to make decisions about the Watertown Police Department. We hope this program will assist us in breaking down any barriers between the police and the people they serve.
Download the Citizen Police Academy application (PDF). Submission instruction are included in the form.