The citizens’ police academy is a program where citizens attend a modified version of the standard basic mandate course required for certification of law enforcement officers. This is a 48-50 hour course of instruction that gives the student a realistic view of the day to day activities of an officer and the training that must be completed in order to gain certification in the state.

In addition to classroom training the class was also given a familiarization course of basic firearms qualification. The student was given an opportunity to fire and qualify under the same time restraints as officers. Although they did not have the same amount of training as an officer would have, they did extremely well.