Residents Learn About The Officer Behind The Badge In Citizen Police Academy

A Parma police K9 visits a class and collects a hug from one student.

The Parma Police Department is accepting applications for this spring’s Citizen Police Academy. The academy is 10 weeks long, beginning April 23. It is free and will run weekly on Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Space is limited. The Citizen Police Academy opens the lines of communication between the community and the police department, giving citizens a firsthand look at the rules, regulations, and policies the police follow. “The objective is not to train individuals in becoming police officers but to produce informed citizens. The citizens and police officers meet in a neutral, friendly setting and get to know each other,” said Lt. Thomas Siedlecki. “In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform. Now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge.”

 Requirements for participation are the following:  

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have no criminal history, other than minor traffic violations
    (Background checks will be performed.)
  • Be physically able to participate in active class events
  • Commit to attending 10 weekly three-hour sessions (April 23 to June 25)
  • Sign required waivers and agreements 

A resident interested in being selected for this spring’s academy should contact Lt. Siedlecki at 440-887-7329 or email him at for an application and more information. To learn more, watch a video at

Carolyn Kovach

Carolyn J. Kovach

Communications Director, City of Parma, Mayor's Office

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 10:23 AM, 03.01.2019