My friends and family have told me for years that I have the best job. I really do. Had it not been for lots of patience and a bunch of guidance from my fellow co-workers, I probably would not have had this dream job. Those close to me knew for years, especially when I was growing up, I wanted to be a police officer. As I grew up, and my vision changed, it was evident that police work was not for me. I still would love to see firsthand what today's officers have to do on a daily basis.  You and I have that chance with the WPD's Citizens Academy. Applications are now being accepted.

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Citizens Academy Poster

The Citizens Police Academy complements the Williston Police Department's community-based efforts. The officers understand that education is one of the most effective ways to gain understanding and support. This is a continuing program that aims to improve communication between Williston's citizens and law enforcement. Some misunderstandings can be avoided by giving citizens firsthand access to the rules, regulations, and policies that police enforce daily. The program's goal is to create well-informed citizens.

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Citizens will be exposed to many of the challenges that our officers face through the Citizens Police Academy. The following topics will be covered in instruction and demonstrations:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Defensive Tactics/ Use of Force
  • Narcotic Investigation
  • Traffic Stops/ DUI Investigation
  • Firearms Training
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Search & Seizure/ K-9 Handling
  • Internet Crimes
  • SWAT/ NW Crisis Negotiations Team

If you're interested in attending, you need to complete the registration form no later than April 17, 2023.  Click here to fill out the registration form. You must be 18 years or older to apply.  After the applications are processed and the selection process is complete, you will receive an email with details about the academy by April 28, 2023. Registration does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Classes are scheduled to begin on May 9, 2023. This is a 12-week course, occurring every Tuesday evening from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  The Williston Police Department will incur all costs and the class size is limited to 20 students. For more information contact the Community Engagement Liaison or call 701.577.1212.

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