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Citizens' Police Academy

Citizens' Police AcademyThe Newport Police Department holds its Citizens' Police Academy biennially in even numbered years. The Citizens' Police Academy provides an exciting opportunity for community members to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the local law enforcement. Students will learn directly from our police personnel on such topics as Patrol Procedures, Criminal Investigations, Officer Safety & Defensive Tactics, Use of Deadly Force with a Firearms Training segment, Internal Affairs Investigations, and more.  It is designed to give the participants an overview of the various aspects of the Newport Police Department's function and operational procedures.

The Academy is ten consecutive weeks, meeting every Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to attend the Citizens’ Academy. A background check will be done to confirm eligibility. Class size is limited to 25 participants.  Acceptance is based upon qualifications and background. There is no cost to participate in the Citizens’ Academy. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until the class is filled. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348 to learn more.

Our most recent Citizens’ Police Academy began on April 19, 2016 and concluded on June 21, 2016.

Our next Academy will be held in the spring of 2018. More information and specific dates will be posted in the beginning of that year.


Citizens' Police Academy logoWhat is the Citizens' Police Academy?


Topics include the following:

  • Department organization
  • Patrol operations/Community Service Officer/Records
  • Procedural law regarding probable cause, arrest, search and seizure
  • Traffic law and enforcement
  • Selection and hiring process
  • Internal Affairs Investigations
  • Firearms introduction and training segment
  • Investigations of crimes against persons; property crimes; child abuse; domestic violence; internet crimes against children; homicide; narcotics crimes
  • Vehicle pursuits
  • Use of deadly force; TASER
  • Civil disturbance response
  • Detectives/Narcotics investigations
  • Newport PD Volunteer Program
  • Social Media in Law Enforcement


Firearms safety instruction