Citizens Police Academy starts next month

January 11, 2022

Limited class size; applications accepted through January 31

Bartlesville Police Department is accepting applications through Jan. 31 for the next BPD Citizens Police Academy, a 12-week comprehensive course that allows citizens to become familiar with the operations of law enforcement through classroom and hands-on instruction in all aspects of the police department.

“Anyone who is interested in attending this academy should sign up as soon as possible,” said Police Chief Tracy Roles. “We are limiting the class to 20 people, and it will fill up fast.”

Goals of the program include:

  • To encourage attendance at and help provide funds for the “Bartlesville Citizen’s Police Academy.”
  • To enhance the relationship between our community and our Police Department.
  • To provide community support to the department.
  • To develop a trust between our citizens and our police.

The next academy will start on Feb. 17. Classes are held 6-9 p.m. every Thursday.

Applicants must be at least 18 and live or work in the Bartlesville/Dewey area. Applicants must pass a background check to the satisfaction of police department administration.

Citizens Police Academy application forms are available online or at the Police Department, 615 S. Johnstone Ave. Applications may be emailed to Capt. Troy Newell at 918.338.4033 or, dropped off at the police administration window located inside the Police Department, 615 S. Johnstone Ave., or faxed to 918-338-4033, attn. Troy Newell.

“The Bartlesville Police Department is committed to reaching out and developing working partnerships with citizens, businesses and community organizations,” Roles said. “The Citizens Police Academy is a method of educating the public on what police officers do and why they do it. It also helps to break down barriers to communication and develops trust between citizens and the police.”

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