Gahanna Division of Police
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Gahanna, OH 43230

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Citizen Police Academy

The Gahanna Division of Police and the New Albany Police Department are partnering to host a first-ever joint Citizen Police Academy beginning February 1, 2017. Academy participants will meet Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm over a 10 week period at locations in Gahanna and New Albany. The Citizen Police Academy is a free community education program intended to build lasting relationships between program participants and the Gahanna/New Albany Police Departments with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and achieving the best police service in our respective communities. The academy will give participants an inside look at the values, philosophies, and operations of their law enforcement service providers while at the same time serving as an open forum for questions, discussion, and the exchange of ideas. Subject-matter experts from both agencies will provide instruction on topics such as traffic enforcement, investigative methods, use of force scenarios, firearms training, emergency communications/9-1-1 operations, laws of arrest, search, and seizure. Participants will also learn about how individuals become police officers and about the on-going training that officers receive.

“We are excited to be partnering with New Albany on this outreach program,” said Gahanna’s Chief of Police Dennis Murphy. “The curriculum is a good introduction to what it is like to be a police officer, and from a police perspective this collaboration with New Albany is in alignment with our community engagement efforts and also with Governor Kasich’s 21st Century Policing objectives.”

“I am excited for the opportunities this joint Citizen Police Academy will provide to our residents,” said City of Gahanna Safety Director Mark Thomas. “Having been involved as a trainer in several citizen police academies, I observed firsthand the benefits these classes provide, not only to the community but to our officers and the police departments as well.”

Register for the Academy

The New Albany and Gahanna police departments will be hosting the 2017 Citizen Police Academy for their residents who are interested in learning more about what it is like to be a police officer. Those who sign up for this free ten-week course must be 18 or older and plan to attend at least eight of the ten classes. Class times will occur at 7-9 pm every Wednesday from February 1-April 5. Classes will primarily take place at the New Albany public service building (7800 Bevelhymer Road).

Classes, some of which will occur in a classroom style and others which are field exercises and simulations, include:

* OVI Enforcement
* Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure
* Firearms Training/Active Shooter Scenarios
* Crime Scene Investigation
* Emergency Dispatching
* Shoot, Don’t Shoot Judgment Scenarios
* Street Drug Identification

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, call the New Albany Police Department at (614-855-1234) or contact Sgt. Pat Millenbaugh, Academy Coordinator at 614-342-4212 or you may email

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Participation Permit/Promise to Release

By your acknowledging and signing this form, I hereby certify that the information I have provided is factual. I understand and agree that any falsification, omissions, or misrepresentation in the application may result in sufficient cause for rejection for enrollment or dismissal from the Gahanna Division of Police Citizen Academy. I understand the information contained in this application is considered a public record and may be released to the media or others upon their request. I understand that I may be photographed or videotaped by the news media, or the Gahanna Division of Police during this program, and agree to any use thereof such materials.

In consideration of the benefits that I will receive from my participation in the Gahanna Division of Police Citizen Academy I do hereby release the City of Gahanna, its police officers, public officials, agents, servants and employees from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions which I may hereafter have on account of any and all injuries and damage to me or to my property, or my death, arising out of or related to any happening or occurrence while I am participating in the academy. For the same consideration, I agree to forever hold the City of Gahanna and said persons harmless from any such liability, claims, demands, or causes of action.

The terms hereof shall be in full force and effect during the period of my participation in the Gahanna Division of Public Citizen Academy.