Community Police Academy

Policing is a special calling – it’s not for everyone. The hours are long, the stress level can be high, and the expectations are sometimes off the chart. However, there are many positives to policing. Many police officers cite "making a difference" as one of the main elements in maintaining their motivation on the job. Many news stories as well as weekly shows (COPS, CSI, Exhibit 'A', etc.) have given the public a peek into the profession of policing. This has given the public a better idea of what challenges police officers face on a daily basis.

The Moose Jaw Police Service offers a popular program called the Community Police Academy. The goal of this program is to open the doors of the Police Service allowing people to explore the realm of policing within their own community. Based on the concept of Community Policing, the people of Moose Jaw are invited into the inner circle of policing with the aim to educate the public on how the Police Service continues to do to keep our city as safe as possible with the resources available. In addition, the academy fosters a collaborative approach helping people understand that detection and prevention of crime is everyone’s responsibility. Only by working together can we as a community put the bite on crime.

The Community Police Academy is set up to provide information on a number of police and justice related topics. We try to make each session as informative and interesting as possible, utilizing officers with specific expertise in different aspects of policing. The design of the program also involves practical components which include a ride-along portion. Participants are given an opportunity to spend a part of a weekend shift with a Patrol Team member. This allows for a first hand, real life experience in policing. Participants are able to see and experience the wide range of calls for service that our community presents to the police.

The interest in the Police Academy has been so overwhelming that it has grown from one class to as many as three classes in a calendar year. In addition, we offer a high school specific class where students from all of Moose Jaw’s high schools are able to apply to participate in the program. Space in all classes is limited to 16-20 people and structured for eight weeks on Thursday evenings between 7:00 and 10:00 pm. There is a registration fee of $20.00.

Listed below is the syllabus for the next Community Police Academy to be announced at a later date. The topics could change slightly depending on the availability of the speakers.

Dates 7:00 - 8:30 pm 8:45 - 10:00 pm
Welcome / Tour / Victims Services Communication Center / APCO
Impaired Driving Collision Investigation
Canine Unit Fraud / Identity Theft / Computer Crime
Forensic Identification Forensic Identification (cont'd)
Drugs / Organized Crime Crisis Negotiations
Firearms (1/2 class) High Risk Stops / Self Defense (1/2 class)
Firearms (1/2 class) High Risk Stops / Self Defense (1/2 class)
Questions & Answers - Police Chief Graduation and Evaluations

An application form is available at the Moose Jaw Police Service Community Programs & Safety Unit or downloaded from the bottom of this page. The completed form can be delivered in person or mailed to:

Community Programs & Safety Unit
Moose Jaw Police Service
21 Fairford St. West
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
S6H 1V2

If you would like additional information, please contact us or phone: (306) 694-7659

Police Academy Application Form