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Mt Vernon Police Department Announces 2024 Citizens Police Academy

The Mt Vernon Police Department is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated 2024 Citizens Police Academy, sponsored by Councilman Ray Botch. This one-day academy aims to provide an immersive experience for community members, offering an exclusive opportunity to gain insight into the world of law enforcement.

"We would like to thank Councilman Ray Botch for sponsoring CPA 2024," expressed Chief Trent Page, highlighting the invaluable support received from Councilman Botch. “Councilman Botch remains a strong supporter of the Mt Vernon Police Department and the Citizens Police Academy”.

Scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 24th, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at the Mt Vernon Police Department located at 600 South 27th Street, the Citizens Police Academy promises an engaging and informative curriculum. Participants will be immersed in a classroom environment where they will delve into various topics, including hiring procedures, dispatch operations, patrol strategies, detective division techniques, the High Risk Tactical Team, and Canine unit operations.

To provide an authentic experience, the academy will also feature guided tours of the police department facilities, allowing attendees to witness firsthand the inner workings of a modern law enforcement agency. Additionally, participants will have the unique opportunity to utilize our state-of-the-art virtual reality firearms trainer, gaining insight into the challenges faced by officers in high-pressure situations.

"We are excited to offer this immersive experience to our community members," stated Chief Trent Page. "The Citizens Police Academy not only fosters a better understanding of law enforcement but also strengthens the bond between our officers and the community we serve".

In addition to the enriching educational experience, attendees will be treated to a complimentary lunch and receive exclusive MVPD merchandise, further enhancing their connection to the Mt Vernon Police Department.

Registration for the 2024 Citizens Police Academy is now open and can be completed online at our official webpage,

Interested individuals are encouraged to secure their spot promptly as registration will close on February 8th, 2024.

For any inquiries or further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Mt Vernon Police Department at (618) 242-2131 or via email at

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