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Citizens Police Academy


The academy gives our citizens first-hand information on how and why the department operates, and examining the culture of police work and the organization. It provides an excellent opportunity for the citizens to interact with department members. The program was first started in 1998 and we typically have a waiting list for this very popular program.

The Citizens Police Academy is NOT an offer of employment, but a volunteer organization and program to educate those respected members of our community who want to hear information on law enforcement and the MPD right from the source.

Upon graduation, participants can become members of the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. If you choose to participate in the CPA Alumni Association, you will be given opportunities to volunteer for the Mayville Police Department at various events throughout the year. 

The students meet once a week for 3 hours for 10 weeks. The program involves both classroom and interactive instruction. Participants are given the same information that our police officers taking in-service classes receive.

Participants will also have the opportunity to do a ride-a-long with an officer so you can see first-hand what a day in the life of our officers is like. 

Applicants must be 18 years of age, and live or work in the City of Mayville. Each applicant will also undergo a background check. Also, the participants will have no arrest powers when the class is over, but are expected to have an impact in other ways.

The Mayville Police Department is NOT currently running a Citizens Police Academy. However, we are continually accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy and all those who are interested are encouraged to apply. Applications may be obtained at the Mayville Police Department office from 8:00am to 4:00pm, or you may download the application Here.

Learning first hand about police work
Real life scenarios
Providing hands on experience