Citizen Police Academy

Citizen Police Academy is held in the spring and fall each year

The Citizen Police Academy is an endeavor by Jonesboro Police Department to educate citizens about police policies, functions and services. The mission of the Citizen Police Academy is to give the public a working knowledge of Jonesboro Police Department in an effort to dispel misconceptions about police officers and how police function, encourage a partnership with the community that will enable community-led problem solving, and create an environment for positive police and community interaction. This academy does not create police officers, but instead aims to educate citizens about the policies, procedures and the laws that govern our actions. The department benefits from the academy by being afforded a better understanding of the views and concerns of our community, making us more accountable to the public that we serve.


Some topics that are explored during the academy are:

Organization of the Jonesboro Police Department
Patrol Operations
Criminal Investigations
Police Procedure
SWAT Operations
Crime Scene Investigation
K-9 Unit
Crime Analysis
Court Procedure
…And many other topics

Classes will be held on Thursday nights beginning at 6:00 P.M. Each class will last between three and four hours depending on the topic being discussed. Students will have the opportunity to participate in electives such as firearms day and simunition training that are held on Saturdays. Ride-alongs with patrol are scheduled according to each student’s preference.

Police work can, at times, be dangerous and unpredictable.
With that in mind please note some of the topics discussed and training aids used may be disturbing to some participants.

Applicants must:
•Be at least 21 years of age
•Live or work in Craighead County
•Have no prior felony arrests
•Have had no serious misdemeanor arrests in the last 2 years
•Commit to attending 75 percent of the classes during the session

To receive an application to attend the Citizen Police Academy you may call Sgt. Lyle Waterworth at (870)336-7148 or email him at