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2019 Citizens’ Academy

City Press Releases, Police Department Press Release

November 9, 2018

Friday, November 9, 2018

Released by Lt. Diana Fries

PITTSBURG, KAN. –  The academy is designed to help citizens understand the inner workings of their local police department. The classes offered through this academy focus on police training, police procedures, legal issues, and basic philosophies of the department.  Our goal for the academy is to provide “understanding through education” and to give the public an open and honest view of the agency entrusted to serve and protect them.  We are striving to improve the relationship between the community and police officers, while enhancing mutual respect and trust for one another.  Working together we can create a better tomorrow.

This is a ten-week academy starting on January 31, 2019 and commencing with our graduation ceremony on April 11, 2019.  Some of the topics covered during this academy session will include; patrol procedures, use of force, search and seizure, homicide investigations, and narcotics investigations.  Class participants will also be involved in several hands on courses to include mock crime scene, emergency vehicle operations, and firearms. Sessions will be every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will include two Saturday sessions.  Class is not scheduled during the week of Spring Break.  All applicants must be 18 years of age and must reside, work, own a business, or attend college within Crawford County.

Applications may be obtained online at the City of Pittsburg website,, or at the Beard-Shanks Law Enforcement Center at 201 North Pine Street, Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Completed applications need to be returned by January 21, 2019.

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