Free Police Academy for Shelby Township Residents and Business Owners

Applications for the six-week class are accepted until March 1.

Ever wondered how Shelby Township Police Officers perform their duties?
Ever wondered how Shelby Township Police Officers perform their duties?

The following information was submitted in a press release.

The Shelby Township Police Department is now accepting applications for the Citizens' Police Academy.

The academy offers residents and business owners in Shelby Township insight into how police officers perform their duties and how the Shelby Township Police Department serves the community.

Instruction consists of six two- and a half-hour classes held each week beginning March 20. This instruction is comprehensive, covering two different areas of police service each week. Certified police officers and supervisors with particular expertise will conduct each topic, including classes conducted by Judge Douglas Shepherd from 41-A District Court and another by a Macomb County Assistant Prosecutor.

Course curriculum

  • Criminal law/police procedures
  • Narcotics/VICE investigations
  • K-9
  • Criminal investigations
  • Traffic stops/accident investigation/alcohol enforcement
  • Juvenile procedures
  • Emergency response
  • Dispatch center
  • Crime prevention/neighborhood watch programs/crime statistics
  • Crime scene processing
  • 41-A District Court 
  • Macomb County Prosecutor Office

The academy is held twice a year, in the spring and fall and is limited to 45 participants per session. If you apply and the class is full, your application will be carried over to the next session. Applications are accepted until March 1.

Any interested residents or business owners in Shelby Township are encouraged to attend. Citizens involved with the Shelby Township community in some way, such as youth involvement, neighborhood watch, and neighborhood groups are very important to the academy. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older with no prior felony convictions and have no misdemeanor convictions within the last three years. There is no cost to attend.

An online application is available by going to shelbytwp.org and clicking on the Police Department link then on Citizens Police Academy link (PDF). Applications are also available at the front desk of the police department. Instructions for submission are on the application. 

For more information, you may call (586) 731-2121, ext 306.


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