The Scottsboro Police Department and Chief Ralph Dawe, are proud to announce that they will be hosting their 21st Citizen Police Academy Program.  Giving area citizens and business people a unique opportunity to gain some first-hand information about the Scottsboro Police Department and the legal system.  The purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is to increase the publics’ understanding of law enforcement duties and responsibilities in order to foster cooperative problem solving between the Scottsboro Police Department and the community. 

There is NO CHARGE for the classes.  Citizens will learn about the challenges faced by police officers, laws affecting citizens, the judicial system and emergency management.  Participants personally interact with officers, detectives and other personnel in a non-traditional law enforcement setting. 

Topics taught during the Academy include police training, roles and responsibilities of officers, use of firearms and deadly force options, criminal investigative skills, traffic laws, crime scene search, communications, narcotics, gang education, and specialized units.  Some of these classes are hands-on and require student participation. 

In order to enhance and develop citizen awareness and understanding of the police role in our community, the Scottsboro Police Department developed the Citizen Police Academy.  This concept in law enforcement is designed for citizens of all backgrounds and occupations in order that they may get a better understanding of what law enforcement is all about. 

The program consists of 20-24 hours of police training, every Tuesday night from 6pm-9pm, at the Scottsboro Police Department.  Areas covered include criminal law, crime prevention, investigations, drugs, DUI, patrol, use of force, the firing range and more.  Also included is a 6-hour ride along program where the applicant rides with on-duty officers. 

The objective of this program is not to, and will not, make the graduates police officers, but to better inform citizens of Scottsboro of police officers’ many functions and to enhance community relations from these graduates and the people they touch in everyday life. 

The Scottsboro Police Department is committed to establishing close working ties with the members of the community we serve and establishing channels of communication in order to be responsive to the needs and desires of our community.  The Department is aiming to build a stronger relationship between the community and the Department while educating the community about police operations.  This is a way for the community to be involved with the Police Department, and for the Police Department to be involved with the community.


Citizens applying for the Academy must adhere to the following standards:

  1. Must be 21 years of age or older.
  2. No criminal record other than minor traffic violations.
  3. Physically able to meet training requirements.
  4. Must attend 7 of the 9 classroom sessions.
  5. Must complete the ride along (6 hours minimum).
  6. Must sign all required waivers & agreements.
  7. Must wear appropriate clothing.

Due to classroom size, the Academy may be limited to 32 participants per session.  Attending the Citizen Police Academy is a privilege, not a right and participants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  Applicants will be accepted pending a background check. 

Applications can be obtained online at

or in person @

The Scottsboro Police Department

916 South Broad Street between normal business hours 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact

Officer Lee Benson at

 256-574-4468 or 256-218-2300

or via email at

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