The Perry Police Department is currently offering a Citizens Police Academy for the private citizens of Perry.

The goal of the academy is to enhance the relationship between private citizens and local law enforcement agencies.

During the academy, students are exposed to a variety of topics in an assortment of settings. Emphasis will be placed on "hands on" subject matter to give students a more in-depth understanding of law enforcement. Subjects presented may include, but are not limited to the following courses:

  • Patrol Operations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Community Services
  • RADAR Operations
  • Traffic Accident Investigations
  • Professional Standards
  • Detention Center Operations
  • Drug/Vice Operations
  • Juvenile Operations
  • Crime Prevention
  • 911 Communications
  • Firearms Familiarization
  • Court Operations
  • Use of Force
  • Evidence Collection/Storage
  • Georgia Criminal & Traffic Law
  • Legal Updates


Applicants are recruited through telephone request, news articles, public service announcements, neighborhood watch programs, and other civic groups.

The academy will hold classes one night a week from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for twelve weeks.

No fees are required. All materials needed for the academy will be furniched free of charge.

A graduation ceremony will be held at the completion of the academy. Students graduating will be presented with a Certificate of Completion and a Citizens Police Academy Shirt. A class photograph is taken and provided to each graduate.

After graduation, students are invited to become members of the Perry Police Department Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, and active group of volunteers that provides feedback and assistance to the Perry Police Department whenever possible.


During the academy, students will spend time observing Municipal and Magistrate Court, the City and County Detention Center, and the Houston 911 Center. They will also be offered the opportunity to ride along with on-duty patrol officers during normal patrol operations.


Applications are accepted at the Perry Police Department. Applications must be returned in person along with a valid picture I.D., such as a driver's license, for verification. An applicant must be a resident of the City of Perry.

Applicants will also be required to submit to a background check as part of the application process. Applicants will be required to sign a consent waiver when the application is submitted to the Police Department.

Information maybe be obtained by contacting Lieutenant James Buck at 478-988-2831.

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