Citizens Police Academy

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The Citizen Police Academy is a look into the philosophy and operations of the Mayfield Heights Police Department. Designed for Citizens of Mayfield Heights, the Academy educates citizens about the “hows” and “whys” of the agency and law enforcement in general and the citizen’s role in the community-oriented policing philosophy.

What topics are covered?

A wide variety of topics are included in the Academy. We cover topics such as Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Traffic Accidents, SWAT, NARC, Bomb Squad, Hostage Negotiators, BCI, Airsoft Range, and special guest speakers!
Various members of MHPD will serve as instructors and facilitators.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the Mayfield Heights Citizen Police Academy is to provide information to our residents so they may make informed judgments about the department and law enforcement. Understanding often dispels suspicions and misconceptions and increases police-community rapport through this educational and open process. It also emphasizes our Mission Statement for a Police-Citizen Partnership. We hope our Academy graduates return to our community and share their positive experiences.

When is the Academy?

The Citizen Academy meets on Wednesday evenings, beginning at 6 pm and ending at approximately 8 pm (some classes may run passed 8 pm). The Academy runs for nine (9) weeks and is held at the Mayfield Heights Police Department. The Citizens Academy does require a time commitment from the student. Any attendee who misses more than one (1) session may not be eligible to graduate. There is no cost to the attendee. Casual clothes are recommended, and Academy Polo shirts will be provided.

Who can apply?

Persons 21 years of age or older, Mayfield Heights resident or employed in the City of Mayfield Heights, and able to commit to attending the nine (9) week course.

Citizens Police Academy Enrollment Application 2024


Lieutenant Scott Suydam
440-442-2323 ext. 288

Corporal Doug Woods
440-442-2323 ext. 222