The Westfield Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming Citizen Police Academy. City residents or those working within Westfield who meet the Academy’s admission requirements stated below are welcome to apply for this free class. The Academy will run for 12 weeks starting on January 25, 2022. Space is limited to 15 participants.
The Citizen Police Academy provides members of our community with an inside look at law enforcement. The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in our community and share with participants some insight into the operations and resources of the Westfield Police Department.
The next session of the Citizen Police Academy begins on January 25, 2022, and runs through April 12, 2022. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Westfield Police Department, 15 Washington Street. There will be one Saturday class held for firearms instruction and Simunitions training.
Participants will interact with police executives and veteran officers during the academy. The following areas of the Department will be covered:
Introduction, History of the Westfield Police Department and Department TourCriminal Law & The Justice SystemFinancial Crime & FraudPatrol Procedures/Active Shooter ResponseDrug Identification/Crime Scene InvestigationDefensive Tactics & Use of ForceSchool Resource Officer programs and Dispatch functionsChild Abuse and Domestic ViolenceFirearm Safety Court System, Probation and ParoleCommunity Policing, Police ReformGraduation Ceremony
Potential candidates for the Citizen Academy must meet the following minimum criteria:
21 years of ageReside in or be employed in the City of WestfieldNo prior felony chargesNo misdemeanor charges within two years of applicationAny other past civil/criminal involvement will be evaluated on a per case basis
Interested parties can download the application by clicking this link. Once the application is filled out, please submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop it off at the Westfield Police Department at 15 Washington Street. For more information, or to pick up an application in person please stop by the Westfield Police Department or contact Lt. Eric Hall at 413-642-9383. You can Also email Lt. Hall at email@example.com. Participation is limited and is first come first served. All applications must be submitted by Friday, January 22, 2022, at 4:00 pm, to be considered.