189 Church St.
Putnam, CT 06260
Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy

Putnam Police Department




189 Church St. Putnam, CT 06260


The Putnam Police Department is proud to announce it will be conducting its first Citizens Police Academy which will begin on April 30th 2019.

The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is an exciting way to learn about police work. Through a well-prepared and dynamic curriculum, taught once a week for nine weeks, students will learn about the various aspects of police operations.  Academy participants will meet many of the men and women who serve in the Putnam Police Department as well as members from our State and Federal partners, as they explain the roles of police officers, investigators, and administrators. Participants will also learn how officers are trained, and how every citizen can help protect themselves and their community against crime.

An important and exciting component of the Academy is providing participants with the opportunity to leave the classroom and participate in many of the practical exercises. This experience will give the participants a first-hand look at the dynamic world of policing in the twenty-first century.

Classes will meet on Tuesday evenings for nine weeks, including a graduation ceremony on June 25th 2019.  Classes will be two (2) hours in length.

Anyone interested in this program must complete an application and submit to a limited background investigation by the Putnam Police Department that will include a check of their criminal history and driving record. Acceptance into the program will be limited to 25 participants on an individual basis as determined by the Chief of Police.  Preference will be given to residents of the Putnam Special Services District, however, any local residents may apply.

Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age by the first day of class, however high school students under 18 who exhibit exceptional maturity and in interest in law enforcement will be considered. Class space is limited, but a waiting list will be held for future classes should the demand exceed available space.

The Citizens Police Academy is an excellent way for community members to become better informed about crime and public safety. It also gives Putnam residents and other community stakeholders an opportunity to develop working relationships with the Police Department members.  Applications will be available on the Putnam Police Department web site at www.putnampolice.com or they can be picked up in person at Putnam Police Headquarters located at 189 Church St. Putnam, CT.  Applications will be accepted until March 1st  2019.

Questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy may be directed to Captain Justin Lussier at justin.lussier@putnampolice.com or 860-928-6565.



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