Citizen’s Police Academy

The police department began offering classes in 1993 as a way to inform citizens about how police officers work and the intricacies of their job. The Citizen’s Police Academy is a chance for citizens that live or work in Martin to receive a first hand view of the operations of the Martin Police Department.

Some of the topics that are covered are:

  • Constitutional / Criminal Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • K-9 Unit
  • DUI Enforcement
  • SWAT Unit
  • Defensive Tactics / Use of Force
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Traffic Stops
  • Undercover Drug Investigation
  • Firearms
  • Communications

Participants are also required to ride with a Martin Police Officer at least two times during the course of the class.

Upon graduation, the graduate will be asked to become a “diplomat” to the community for the Police Department. In addition, the graduate will be asked to join the Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association. Some graduates have assisted in other endeavors of the department, such as Volunteers in Police Service Program, Neighborhood Watch and National Night Out.

Graduates of the 29th Session of the Citizen’s Police Academy

Back row from left to right: Rachel Fowler, Elisabeth Tomkins, Ruth Olerich, Abbie McClure, Dalton Turnbow, Randy Gregory, Barbara Davis, Scott Fortner, Donna Roost, Laura Toney and Jenny Landrum
Middle row left to right: Barbara Morris, Debbie Mount, Alexis Jones, Kayla Cates, Kandi Morris, Brandi Hahn, Bob Roost and Deborah Boyd
Front row left to right: Karolynne Bivings and Erin Bell 
Not Pictured: Julie Simpson


The next Citizens Police Academy will begin March 2020. We are no longer accepting applications.

Click here to register for the Citizen’s Police Academy or you may print an application and mail it to:

Martin Police Department

P.O. Box 9

Martin, TN 38237