Citizens Academy

In order to enhance and develop citizen awareness and understanding of the police role in our community, the Scottsboro Police Department has developed a 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.

There is NO CHARGE for the class.


 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 20 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.

All interested in applying for the Academy can obtain an application online at or in person at Scottsboro Police Department located at 916 South Broad Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Officer Wade Patterson at 256-574-4468 or 256-218-2005 or via email at

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