Citizen Police Academy

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The Academy is a ten-week program and meets one evening a week. The program is designed to provide members of the community with additional knowledge about their Police Department. It allows the citizens to become more educated on the policies and procedures of the Police Department and the pressures associated with providing law enforcement services in today’s society.


Graduation ClassWe seek and invite a diverse group of people that either live or work in Union City to apply. Requirements include that you must be 18 years of age or older, have no felony convictions, and have no misdemeanor convictions within the previous three years. There is no cost associated with attending the Citizen Police Academy.



The purpose of the Citizen Police Academy is to accomplish four goals:  

  1. To educate the citizens on the Department’s policies, procedures, and capabilities.
  2. To allow the citizens to meet the men and women who serve them.
  3. To allow the officers an opportunity to meet and hear from the citizens they serve.
  4. To develop and foster open lines of constructive communication between the citizens and the officers of the Department.

Citizen Police Academy participants are given a realistic view of the Police Department. Topics presented during the Academy include:

- Community Policing                                    - Crime Scene Processing and Forensics
- “Meet the Chief”                                          - Patrol Operations
- Laws of Arrest                                               - Canine Unit
- Search and Seizure                                       - Vice
- Communications                                         - Special Response Team
- Internal Affairs                                              - Use of Force
- Criminal Investigations                                - Traffic Stops

Presentations consist of lectures, demonstrations, videos, computer presentations, and “hands on” participation”. Each participant is given the opportunity to ride with an officer for one shift.


For each Academy, the Police Department seeks a diverse group of participants. All participants must:

• Live or work in Union City
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Have NO prior felony convictions
• Have NO misdemeanor convictions within the previous three years


You may obtain an application for the Citizen Police Academy at the Police Department located at 5060 Union Street, Union City, Georgia 30291 or you can download the application here and mail it. If you have any questions concerning the Citizen Police Academy, you may contact The Police Department at (770) 964-2288.

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