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Citizens Academy

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Interested in learning more about operations at the Bend Police Department, or wanting to explore volunteer opportunities?  Citizens Academy is an excellent first step!


The Bend Police Department Citizens Academy has received recognition as a national and regional model and continues to be a highly popular program in the Bend community.

This class is held in the spring and meets once a week for nine weeks. The goal of the program is to inform and educate participants about the Bend Police Department and the various ways it carries out its mission. Instruction includes Narcotics, Traffic, SWAT, K9's, Officer Survival and more. The classes are taught by officers chosen according to their specific area of expertise in law enforcement.

When students graduate, they are eligible to become Bend Police Department Volunteers. Volunteers work at various assignments such as Abandoned Vehicles, Couriers, Disabled Parking and Special Events.

Held each spring, the Academy can accommodate 35 students per session, normally beginning around the end of March with graduation in May. Classes are held Tuesday nights from 6:00-9:00 pm. There is no charge for the Academy.

Please complete a Citizens Academy Application if you would like to participate in our next class.  Applications can also be obtained at the Bend Police Records Department, located at 555 NE 15th Street.  Please return completed applications to our Community Liaison, Misha Knea, via email, via mail to PO Box 118, Bend Oregon 97701, or drop them off in person at the Department.  If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Misha at (541) 322-2976.


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