The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety offers a Citizen’s Public Safety Academy, a series of classes designed to introduce members of the public to various aspects of police work and the fire services.
During the 12-week academy, students become familiar with the operations of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, technology within the 911 communications Center, and how criminal cases are investigated, as well as the role of crime prevention education and programs for at-risk young people.
Fire services training includes courses in: fire fighting, hazardous materials, the Jaws of Life, CPR, transporting trauma patients by land and air, among others aspects.
Perhaps most exciting will be the opportunity to practice shooting on a state-of-the-art Firearms Training Simulator, the same machine on which officers train.
Ride-alongs are part of the academy, as students must accompany firefighters and officers on the job to complete training.
The Citizens academy includes 13 courses and is free to the public. Students must either reside in Alpharetta or be employed by an Alpharetta business. HOA presidents are encouraged to attend, as are representatives from local corporations.
Interested students must complete a written application and provide a list of references. Applicants are also subject to a background check and final approval by the agency.
Students will also learn how they can join the public safety volunteer organizations at work in the city, such as the Citizens Auxiliary Police, the Fire Corp., Community Emergency Response Team, and other volunteer opportunities.
After completing the academy, students will attend a graduation dinner and receive certificates of course completion.
Applications may be obtained here, by mail or by calling 678-297-6309.
The application should be faxed to: 678-297-6361 or mailed to: Citizen’s Public Safety Academy, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, 2565 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30009.
For more information call: 678-297-6309.