Decatur Police Volunteer Academy looking for applicants


If you’ve ever wanted to know the in’s and out’s of being a police officer now is your chance.

The Decatur Police Department is taking applications for its volunteer academy. Learn to examine a crime scene, detect a DUI, talk to school resource officers, and meet police canines.

“It’s kind of a two-fold goal,” said Emme Long with DPD. “The first is really just to get people to understand what police and feel comfortable talking to police and really understand what that job entails. And then afterwards if they want to volunteer and help police with directing traffic at a big event like Alabama Jubilee they’re welcome to help out and they also have exclusive ride-along opportunities.”

College students can get internship hours through the program. The academy will start on Tuesday, January 15, and is 11 weeks long. Participants meet from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  

Download an application here or pick one up at the police department. The deadline to apply is December 21 and applications can be submitted to the police department front desk.

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