Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Citizen’s Academy Accepting Applications




The Marco Island Police Department is excited to begin accepting applications for its 2017 Citizen’s Academy.

The goal of the Citizen’s Academy is improved community communications facilitated through instruction of basic police operations and techniques. Many policies and procedures related to the criminal justice system are foreign to citizens and it is expected that through education and discussion, many questions generated by the public regarding law enforcement will be answered.

MIPD believes that the Citizen Academy concept, although not new to Marco Island, is still a successful strategy to develop, preserve and enhance partnerships and relationships within the community.

The Marco Island Police Department has designed an intense, informative and exciting program. The 18.5-hour academy’s curriculum includes:

  • 911 & Radio Operations
  • Automated License Plate Reader
  • Bike Patrol
  • Code Enforcement
  • Community Policing
  • Community Service Officers
  • Computer Aided Dispatch
  • Credit Card Fraud
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Scene & Evidence Collection
  • Crime Statistics
  • Electronic Speed Measurement Devices
  • History & Structure of American
  • Criminal Justice System
  • Laws of Arrest
  • Marco Island PD Mission, Budget, and Goals
  • Marco Island Unique Laws
  • Marine Patrol
  • Officer Selection
  • Reserves & Auxiliary Police Officers
  • School Resource Officers
  • Search & Seizure
  • Staff Introduction
  • Station & Vehicle Tour
  • Traffic Crash Investigations
  • Use of Force and Decision Simulator
  • Youth Programs

The Academy consists of two Wednesday evening and one Saturday class: April 5th (5 PM to 10 PM), April 8th (9 AM to 5:30 PM), and April 12th (5 PM to 10 PM). On the last day of the Academy, current Academy graduates will participate in a graduation event with former Academy alumni, police officers, Marco Police Foundation members and city officials.

The Marco Island Police Department anticipates demand for this unique program will outpace availability. Preference will be given to city residents, or those whose occupation or place of business is on Marco Island.

To apply, complete the Application and Liability Waiver, which can be found online ( or you may request the documents by phone 239-389-5050, and MIPD will mail, email or fax them to you. Applications and waivers should be returned by email (, mail, or in person to Captain D. Baer, MIPD Citizen Academy, 51 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145.

For more information regarding the Citizen’s Academy, contact Captain David Baer,, 239-389-5050. Follow MIPD on Twitter @MarcoIslandPD. 

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