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Ball State University Citizens Police Academy

Contributed by: Michael Baker
Published: Thursday, 12 December 2013 10:30 AM
The Ball State University Department of Public Safety is sponsoring a Citizens Police Academy January 26, 2014 through April 27, 2014. There will be no sessions on March 9th & 16th and April 20, 2014 due to spring break and Easter Sunday. The Academy program is 10 weeks in duration and sessions will meet on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The purpose of the academy is to provide members of the Ball State Community unique insight about policing and the services provided by the Ball State University Police Department. Also, with the goal of fostering better understanding of the department and furthering the department’s partnership with the community.

The Ball State University Police Department’s training team has prepared a comprehensive program of instructions. The program will provide citizens a history of policing and the agency, an overview of the officer hiring and training process, and an orientation to various divisions, units, and functions of the department. I would like to extend a personal invitation to you or your designee to enroll in the Citizens Police Academy. Attached you will find an application. Please return the completed application to Corporal Michael J. Baker Sr.. Please contact Corporal Baker at 285-3009 or e-mail at, if you have any questions concerning the academy.
I hope you will join us at the Citizens Academy.
Gene B. Burton,
Director of Public Safety


Application for Citizens Police Academy

Name: _________________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________

Date of Birth: _______________________ SS#: ______________________________

Male Female Occupation ______________________________________

Telephone: (Home) _______________________ (Work) _______________________

Please list any Muncie/Ball State University community organizations in which you are currently active: __________________________________________________________


Explain in a few words why you are interested in attending the Citizen’s Police Academy and how you learned of the program.

Applicant must be a student, faculty or staff member of Ball State University or of the Muncie community. All applicants will be subjected to a background check and submission of this application gives implied consent to this background check.

Participants are expected to make a commitment to attend all class sessions, which will be held on Sunday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. for ten weeks. Classes will begin on Sunday, January 26, 2014, and end on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Classes will be held at various sites within Muncie, Indiana. All applications must be received at Ball State Police Department by Friday January 10, 2014. Applicants will be notified through email or telephone call of acceptance to attend.

If you have any special needs, please notify Corporal Michael Baker Sr. at (765) 285-3009, so we can make appropriate accommodations.

Return to Corporal Michael J. Baker Sr., Ball State University Police Department, 200 North McKinley Avenue Muncie Indiana 47306, or Secured fax (765) 285-8148. Email @

Signature: ____________________________________________________

Ball State University Police Department

Citizens Police Academy Classroom Rules of Conduct

Please read the following rules, which will apply to all participants and all classes during your training at the Citizens Police Academy.

The Citizens Police Academy program is ten weeks in duration with one, three-hour class each week. The class hours are from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. on ten consecutive Sunday evenings. Please DO NOT arrive at the police department prior to 5:45 p.m. You must be in class at the time of roll call, 6:05 p.m. or you will be counted as absent. If you are unable to attend the class, please call Corporal Michael J. Baker Sr. at (765)285-3009.

Should you decide to drop out of the academy, please notify Corporal Michael J. Baker Sr. as soon as possible. We want everyone to complete the program, but we fully understand that your personal situation can change.

Attendance: You must attend at least eight of the ten weekly classroom and training sessions in order to graduate. If you miss MORE than two classes, you will be unable to graduate but may attend the remaining classes.

Dress Code: Participants must be appropriately dressed for a classroom setting.

Children: Children are not allowed to attend classes with you. If you are unable to obtain a baby sitter, you will have to miss class.

Parking: Parking will be available in parking lots C5 and G25 west of the university police department building.

Smoking: Use of all tobacco products are prohibited on university property.

Cell Phones: All cell phones and pagers must be turned off or placed on the vibrate mode while class is in session. Pager, texts, and cell phone calls should be returned during breaks only.

Purpose: The Academy is not intended to serve as gripe sessions. You are invited to ask questions at any time you do not understand something. Please come with the intention of learning about the operation of the police department. Please do not ask questions which would waste training time and take away from the overall goal of the class. There will be discussion periods at which time you can ask questions and voice your opinions. During your training, you will get a first-hand look behind the scenes of how the Ball State University Police Department operates. You will make friends within the academy and department.