BDPD Accepting Applications For Upcoming Citizen’s Police Academy

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Police Department is accepting applications for its upcoming annual Citizen’s Police Academy. This will be the 19th year for the academy which has given 222 local residents an inside look at real police training tactics. Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson says it is a highly successful, hands-on program. He says their cadets will get learn how local police handle traffic crashes, drug investigations, arrest tactics, and go with police for firearms training.   

Johnson says their cadets – quite literally – get a front seat to the action as they can operate a police cruiser in a controlled environment and ride along with an officer for an eight hour shift. He says those who join the program can pick and choose what activities they take part in. Johnson adds that if a person does not want to do firearm trainings they can sit back and watch others participate.   

The Citizen’s Academy will meet on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 10pm. One Saturday class is planned from 8am to 3pm. There is no charge to sign up, but applicants must be 18 years of age and preference is given to those who live, work, or own property in the city. The program begins on March 2nd and ends on June 1st. Applications are due by February 15th. 

Application packets can be picked up at the Beaver Dam Police Department. For additional information contact Lieutenant Jeremiah Johnson at 920-887-4614 or 920-210-9378. You can email Johnson at [email protected] or get more information at the city of Beaver Dam’s website  

The photo is the Beaver Dam Police Department’s graduating class from 2021-2022.