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Citizens Police Academy

The Clayton State University Public Safety Department is launching its first-ever Citizens Police Academy on campus. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate and learn about the fundamentals of policing, to include such topics as the laws of arrest, crime scene investigations, K-9 drug search techniques and vehicle pullovers.

Instructors will come from the Clayton State University Department of Public Safety, Clayton County Police Department, and Clayton County Sheriff’s Office.

The Citizens Police Academy runs from Oct. 3 to Dec. 5. Classes are held Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in Room 113 at Arbor Hall.

Class size is limited to 25 individuals (with preference to students first). 

Application deadline is Sept. 16.

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Attendee Requirements:

  • Must be 18 or older, and a student, faculty or staff at CSU, and undergo background checks of driving and criminal history
  • Must attend at least 7 of the weekly two hour classes to receive certificate of graduation

Topics: (tentative schedule)

  • October 3 (Week 1)—Welcome and introduction by President Hynes and/or VPs, Chief Hamil and Public Safety staff members. An overview of campus policing and department structure.
  • October 10—Fall Break, no class.
  • October 17 (Week 2)—Laws of arrests, search and seizure.
  • October 24 (Week 3)—Use of force and defensive tactics/self-defense demos.
  • October 31 (Week 4)— Crime Scene investigations.
  • November 7 (Week 5)— Vehicle pullovers and interactive traffic stop simulations with Public Safety’s patrol officers.
  • November 14 (Week 6)—K-9 and SWAT demos.
  • November 21 (Week 7)—Active shooter response.
  • November 28 (Week 8)— Police liability and civil rights legal issues.
  • December 5 (Week 9)—Graduation night. Participants receive t-shirts, certificates, group photos, evaluation sheets and media coverage by Clayton State and local media outlets.

Contact Lt. Christy Manos at or (678) 466-5595 for more information.