Citizen’s Police Academy

The Citizen’s Police Academy gives citizens the opportunity to explore many aspects of law enforcement. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about basic police practices, tactics, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the officers who volunteer to teach the classes.

Topics discussed include drug investigations, report writing, patrol tactics and information, and more.

The course usually runs for seven weeks, one day a week, with each class 3 hours in the evening. The course is held in the basement community room at MPD.

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen of Marion County, and be able to successfully pass a record check.

Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA)

The Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association was founded in 2001. Currently, the association has about 50 members. Members of the CPAAA must have first completed a Citizen’s Police Academy.

CPAAA serves the community in a variety of ways, including:
  • Child ID program
  • Vacation Home Checks
  • Assist Officers in Ride-Alongs

Block Watch

Block Watch is a program in Marion allowing neighborhoods the opportunity to come together and help prevent and report crime. One of the best tools used to fight crime is a good neighbor. The Police Department can’t be on every corner, so a watchful and alert neighbor is an excellent tool to help direct police officers to suspicious activity and possible crime.

For more information on the Citizen’s Police Academy, CPAAA, or Block Watch, contact Lt BJ Gruber at (740) 387-2228 or at