The Citizen’s Police Academy-

This is a brief overview of an RWA tape---
Tape number RW6-54, Romance Writers of America, 2001, New Orleans, LA, Speaker, Ellen Brown

Imagine having the opportunity to go behind the scenes of a working police station at minimal cost, and for several hours each week.

Taking a Citizens Police Academy class gives any citizen, and in particular a writer in this genre, an opportunity to work directly with the police and law enforcement.

The application begins with a background check. If you can, brush up on the
terminology beforehand.

The charge for the course is minimal---normally $10.00 or more. Classes are usually offered one night a week for six weeks, for approximately three hours.

Participants might receive handouts, insider information---a valuable research tool, a T- shirt, coffee mug, and a special license plate to put on their car.

Some of the classroom experience includes a “ride along” with a police officer out on duty, a self-defense class, a trip to the firing range—to learn how to hold and shoot a gun, and a visit with the canine unit. All are excellent hands-on experiences for the writer.

The primary reason these classes are offered to the community is so that citizens will understand why police do what they do and how they do it. It promotes good will and a better-educated citizen.

These details-are priceless in writing any type of police or detective story.
If you need to find something for your hero or heroine to do, you can come up with conflicts. You will learn the correct jargon, and not offend your knowledgeable reader.

For more information, contact the police department in your area.

Please note: Police academies may not be offered in your area. Fees are an estimate, and class schedules, etc. may vary.


  1. Mary Marvella // October 10, 2007 at 11:04 AM  

    Interesting info.