April 18-June 27, 2016

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The Citizen’s Police Academy is a ten-week program designed to give the participants a working knowledge of the law enforcement function within Ulster County. It consists of a series of classes and discussions held once a week, on Monday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Each class size is limited to approximately 40 attendees. There is no cost to anyone who enrolls.

The classes will provide an in-depth view into various aspects of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in Ulster County, and how to develop a partnership with law enforcement. This program also allows the participants a unique “hands-on” opportunity in a variety of law enforcement tasks and responsibilities.


·  To create a better understanding and communication between the citizens and police  through education.
·  To develop a partnership between the citizens and police in order to establish a safer community.


When residents take a more personal interest in the protection of their community and neighborhoods, they will enjoy a safer and closer relationship with their neighbors. Upon completion of the course, graduates receive a diploma and a class photo.


Community Oriented Policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime in any community. Therefore, the Ulster County Law Enforcement Training Group and Ulster County Community College instituted the Citizen’s Police Academy to improve communication and obtain input and support throughout the county. It is our hope that the graduates will become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues that are affecting our community. Graduates will take their knowledge back into their neighborhoods where they can use it to enhance the quality of neighborhood life.

Who Can Attend?

Individuals who apply for the Citizen’s Police Academy must be at least 18 years of age. They must also live, work, or own property in Ulster County.

Curriculum Summary

·    Law enforcement Overview

·    Criminal Justice System

·    Patrol Procedures / Traffic Laws - Accident Investigations

·    Domestic Violence / Victim Services

·    Criminal Investigations

·    Elements of Offenses

·    Juvenile Investigations

·    Community Oriented Policing & Problem Solving

·    Police Survival Skills / Self Defense

·    School Resource Officer/ D.A.R.E/ G.R.E.A.T.                                                                 

·    Internet safety

·    Communications/ Corrections/ Enhanced 9-1-1 System

Instructors include members of the law enforcement agencies within Ulster County

Curriculum  (Attend some or all sessions)                                                        


      If you wish to attend, print the Application Letter at the bottom of this page
        and submit it per the instructions. If you are NOT associated with Ulster
        County, please mail your Application Letter directly to Lieutenant Bonse 
        at the U.C.L.E.T.G address.

    Please feel free to print a copy of the CPA Overview and/or the Application Letter
    at the bottom of this page.






"I took the Citizen's Police Academy one of the first years that it was offered.  I highly recommend it.   Just seeing the computer that is carried in the police car and what capabilities it has, made it worthwhile.  Seeing the processing area of the County Jail and the 911 Center are experiences that the average citizen never will have.  The police officers involved are really interested in showing you what they do and how they do it.  I looked forward to the classes each and every week"                                                                                                                                                     


"The swat truck and demo plus the FATS machine were incredible.  There is something for everyone in this course and nothing that disappoints. You get to meet interesting people too."


Shooting with the FATS machine.
      Shooting the Firearms Training Machine


Kingston Police Officer Zell
                        demonstrates a robot                                
 Crime Scene Evidence Collection
 Specialist, Detective Chris Aderholdt 


           Town of Ulster Police Dog           

  Inside the Ulster County 911 Call Center

  Sheriff's Dept. Water Rescue Team

Kingston City School Resource Officer

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