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10 seats still available to the public

View video on SLCPD’s YouTube Channel

September 6, 2012 — With a short video posted on YouTube this morning, Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank issued a call to the public to sign up for the Department’s Citizens Academy.

There are 10 seats left for the three-day academy, which provides an inside look at the job of a police officer. Participants should be prepared to attend class at the following times:

  • Monday, September 17, 6–9 p.m.,
  • Tuesday, September 18, 6–9 p.m.,
  • and Saturday, September 22, 8 a.m.–noon

Instructors will cover the structure of the department and unit responsibilities, as well as run attendees through the same PRISM scenarios and use-of-force options used to train new recruits. Hands-on opportunities will include a K9 apprehension demonstration, speed enforcement with the Motors Unit, and firearms shooting with SWAT.

But first, you’ve got to apply! The Police Department’s Training Unit will fill available seats in the order they are received as long as applicants are:

  • at least 18 years of age,
  • live or work in Salt Lake City proper,
  • and pass a basic background check.

Download a Citizens Academy application here then fax or email it to (801) 799-4311 or

Contact: Reporters seeking comment should contact the Public Information Officer at 801.799.NEWS (6397).