Citizens’ Police Academy planned in Newport

The Newport Police Department will be hosting its sixth Citizens’ Police Academy starting April 23.

The Citizens’ Police Academy provides an opportunity for community members to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of local law enforcement. Students will learn directly from police officers and other personnel on such topics as police administration, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, officer safety and 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 10 consecutive weeks, meeting every Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applicants must be 16 years of age or older to attend, and a background check will be conducted 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 until 5 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348 to learn more. Applications may be picked up at the police department at Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, or online at


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