JPD Citizen Police Academy

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.

Bridging the Gap

During the Jonesboro Police Department Citizen Police Academy, you’ll learn about Organization of the JPD, Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Police Procedure, SWAT Operations, Crime Scene Investigation, K-9 Unit, Crime Analysis, Court Procedure, and many other topics.

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

Fall Session

Begins August 22, 2019
Classes every Thursday 6pm-9pm
Graduation November 14, 2019

Spring Session
Begins March 2020
Classes every Thursday 6pm-9pm
Graduation May 2020

Jonesboro Swap Spot

Swap Spots are designated public places where residents may exchange items that they have purchased or sold online.  These are designated areas available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide a sense of safety and security to those who use them in convenient areas around town.  The police station even offers 24-hour video surveillance.  Weapons of any kind are not allowed.  Swap Spot has been made possible by Leadership Jonesboro, the Jonesboro Police Department and the Jonesboro Fire Department.

Swap Spot Locations

  • Jonesboro Police Headquarters- 1001 S. Caraway Rd.

  • Jonesboro Fire Station #1- 3215 E. Johnson Ave.

  • Jonesboro Fire Station #2- 1413 W. Nettleton Ave.

  • Jonesboro Fire Station #3- 2212 Brazos St.

  • Justice Complex- 410 W. Washington Ave.


Please Note: A law enforcement officer or fireman will not monitor exchanges or facilitate transactions.  There is no guarantee that a Swap Spot location will provide a greater level of safety compared to other public locations but being at a police or fire station may help deter criminal activity.  When using Swap Spots, be sure to park in a parking spot that is not reserved or restricted and do not block any driveways

Community Event Calendar

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Sgt Lyle Waterworth
Community Outreach

Sgt Waterworth, has been associated with the Jonesboro Police Department since 1994 where he worked as a dispatcher.  In 1999 he began serving as a sworn officers where he has served in patrol, as a school resource officer, a detective, and SWAT operator.  In 2012 he was promoted to sergeant, where he has served as the Training Coordinator and the Public Relations Specialist.

Waterworth is currently serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the department, where his responsibilities include Citizen Police Academy coordination, public relations and recruiting.

Community Outreach and Recruiting
1001 S Caraway Rd.
(870) 336-7148
Email Sgt Waterworth