Lynnwood Police Department accepting 2020 Community Academy applications

The Lynnwood Police Department is now accepting applications for its 29th annual Community Academy, scheduled to start in January.

Community Academy (formerly Citizens Academy) is a 13-week course conducted by the police department that offers a unique learning experience and is designed to give community members a better understanding of the mission, values, and operations of the police department.

During the interactive course, participants will be introduced to the basic information that all police officers must know to perform their jobs, including patrol tactics, criminal and narcotics investigations, use of force, communications, DUI procedures and domestic violence to name a few.

This is an opportunity for those interested in the fascinating field of criminal justice, current trends in criminal activity, personal safety, crime prevention and volunteering with the agency.

The course begins on Jan. 9 and will be scheduled for 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursdays. It will take place at the Lynnwood Senior Center, located at 19000 44th Ave. W.

Class activities may include:

  • Get the inside scoop on the work of patrol and traffic officers
  • Empower yourself with Crime Prevention strategies
  • Watch a K-9 Demonstration
  • Expand your knowledge of narcotics trends
  • Explore volunteer programs
  • Investigate a mock crime scene with an Introduction to Investigations
  • Try your hand at lifting finger prints in the Crime Scene Lab
  • Visit the Detention Center
  • Learn about your regional SWAT Team
  • Get a better understanding of officer safety and use of force
  • Ride along with a patrol officer during a shift

This class is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served. Space is limited, so early enrollment is strongly encouraged. A limited number of seats will be awarded to high school senior applicants.

The application form can be found on the City of Lynnwood website.

For additional information, contact the Crime Prevention Office at 425-670-5635.