Citizens Police Academy offers insight into department


By Mark Ambrogi

The Citizens Police Academy provides a unique opportunity for insight into the Carmel Police Department’s daily operations.

“There are a lot of facets of the Carmel Police Department, and lot of times the only exposure for citizens is in a negative fashion, in a response to a call, or they’ve been involved in a traffic accident and we respond to it,” said D.J. Schoeff, a Carmel Police Department school resource officer. “This is a great way for citizens to know the ins and the outs of the police department and what each division handles.”

The 11-week free program is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 3 at Carmel Police Department headquarters. The classes, all on Thursdays, take 2 to 2 1/2 hours. The program, which started in 2001, is conducted twice a year.

The instructors are all Carmel Police Department members, who will provide information on a particular aspect of the job.

Class size is limited to 16 people. Eight classes must be attended to successfully pass the Citizens Police Academy.

All the applicants must be at least 18 years old and are subjected to a background check. Those with criminal backgrounds will not be accepted into the program.

Applications are available at the front desk at the Police Department, or visit For more information, contact Ann Gallagher at 571-2720 or Classes are filled on first-come, first-serve basis.