Citizen's Police Academy: Program to inform, educate Marion public


Marion citizens will now get the chance to learn a little more about how police officers do their jobs.

The Marion Police Department is taking applications for their Citizens Police Academy, to run every Thursday between March 2 and April 20.

The Citizens Police Academy program is designed to provide citizens with firsthand information on how the police department operates. The academy does this by giving citizens the opportunity for hands on experience in law enforcement.

“A lot of times, people ask, ‘why we do the things the way we do’ and the academy gives us the opportunity to answer these questions,” said Chief Allen Lawrence in a press release.

The program is an eight-week course with a wide variety of topics, including patrol operations, crime prevention/community watch, 911 communications, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, Narcotics, Defensive Driving and Firearms.

Interested applicants will be subject to a background check prior to entering the program.

Classes will start each night at 6 p.m. at the Marion Police Department. Interested applicants can contact the Marion Police Department in person or by phone. Applications are available at