Citizens Police Academy

Saginaw Township Citizens Police Academy

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Why A Police Academy For Citizens?

The intended result of the academy is to give our residents a better understanding of what we do and how we do it. We hope to also build an ongoing working relationship, with those attendees, that extends through the coming years in our mutual fight against crime and disorder.

IMG_4872We believe that the more educated the public is about how the police department operates, the more trustworthy and less feared we become. The classes offered will cover our basic operations and will be instructed mostly by members of the Saginaw Township Police Department. All classes are designed by members of the police department and are intended to give overviews of the area taught.

Thirteen classes will be held and most will last about three hours. CPA Traffic Stop 1Classes are generally held every Wednesday from 6:30pm to approximately 9:30pm. Some classes may run longer.  Many of the classes will contain "hands-on" work for the attendees. Class members will also have the opportunity to ride with a police officer during a tour of duty. There is no charge to attend the academy which is open to Saginaw Township residents or people who work in Saginaw Township ONLY. To date, 373 citizens have graduated from the Saginaw Township Citizens Police Academy.

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Most classes will be on Wednesday evening. Fill out and turn in applications now to assure yourself a spot for the next academy.


Course Curriculum
• Class 1: Introduction and Orientation / Patrol Overview
• Class 2: Prosecuting and the Courts / SWAT Team
• Class 3: Scene & Evidence Processing / Fair & Impartial Policing
• Class 4: Use of Force
• Class 5: Firearms Simulator
• Class 6: Criminal Investigations / Traffic Stops & Techniques
• Class 7: Active Shooter Response / MMR & Medical Response
• Class 8: Tour of Saginaw County Jail / Tour Central Dispatch
• Class 9: Crash Investigations / Frauds, Scams, Identity Theft /
• Class 10: Crime Prevention Techniques For Residential & Business
• Class 11: School Resource Officer / Narcotics
• Class 12: Administration / Graduation
• To Be Scheduled: Minimum 4 hour ride-a-long


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All applicants for the Citizens Police Academy must:

  • Be 21 years of age.
  • Undergo a criminal background check.
  • Be a Saginaw Township resident or work in Saginaw Township
  • Be able to attend 80% of classes.

How Do I Apply?

Applications are available here online or at:

Saginaw Township Police Department
4930 Shattuck
Saginaw, Mi., 48603

For more information, please call the Saginaw Township Police Department at 793-2310.

All Academy courses are offered free of charge but are limited in size. So, get your application in soon. When the next academy class is full, applications will be held for future classes.

Citizen's Academy Application

Due to the sensitive nature of the information shared during the Citizen’s Police Academy, all applicants will be subject to a criminal history check and thorough background investigation to evaluate their character based on past behavior. 

Applicants who are accepted to the Citizen’s Police Academy will be notified.


Past CPA Classes

2011 CPA Class 2007 CPA Class
CPA 2006 2005 CPA Class
2004 CPA Class 2003 CPA Class
2002 CPA Class 2001 CPA Class