The Bainbridge Island Police Department's citizens' academy was founded in 2003 with a goal of fostering a better understanding of police work through education and improve communication between the citizens of Bainbridge Island and the officers who serve them.
The program is offered once annually toward the beginning of the year and involves two hours of training each Tuesday evening for 10 weeks with two optional Saturdays.
The intent is not to produce civilians trained in law enforcement, but to help residents and business owners become more familiar with the workings of their local Police Department and be better acquainted with its officers.
What to Expect
Participants are presented with frank and candid explanations of how each unit in the department functions and have the opportunity to ask questions of guest speakers.
There are no tests to pass and no educational credits are earned, but participants gain a better understanding of the department’s decision-making processes, how and why policies are created, and learn more about the kinds of situations officers face every day. More importantly, citizens can determine more accurately how effective the department is in serving the community.
Some of the topics covered include traffic enforcement, narcotics, investigations, criminal law, defensive tactics, and identity theft. Also included in the program is the opportunity to ride with an on-duty patrol officer, a tour of the 911 dispatch center, Kitap County Coroner's Office, and Kitsap County Jail.
What the department gains in good will cannot compare to the benefits community members gain by knowing more about the men and women of their Police Department.
Apply For The Next Class
It is not necessary to be a resident of Bainbridge Island to apply, although city residents are given first priority. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, willing to make a 10-week commitment, and undergo a criminal background check. Our next academy begins on Tuesday, February 25 and runs through Tuesday, April 29. To sign up for this academy, fill out the application form and turn it in to the Police Station no later than Friday, February 21. The class will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Our mailing address is 625 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA, 98110.