Oak Ridge Police accepting applications for Citizen’s Police Academy

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (July 21, 2023) – The Oak Ridge Police Department is accepting applications for its next Citizen’s Police Academy which is set to begin next month.

Applications for the program are due by Friday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. Classes will meet weekly, on Tuesdays, from Aug. 22 to Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m.

During the 8-week course, students will learn the policies and procedures of the Oak Ridge Police Department and experience firsthand how the department operates. The Citizen’s Police Academy provides insight into law enforcement generally, and the Oak Ridge Police Department specifically, with the goal of creating and developing a growing nucleus of responsible, well-informed citizens who have the potential to influence public opinion concerning police practices and service delivery.

Students will get to know their officers and understand the challenges the job brings, through classroom lectures, hands-on experience, and real-life scenarios and role play. Students will also participate in a ride-along with officers during a patrol shift to observe how officers provide police services to the Oak Ridge community. They are exposed to the same training that all Oak Ridge Police Officers receive.

The academy is open to adults aged 18 and up. Selection will be on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if the class becomes full, priority will be given to Oak Ridge residents. Classes have filled up quickly in previous years. Due to the law enforcement-sensitive training and handling of weapons, a criminal history check will be done by the department.

Applications can be completed online at http://www.oakridgetn.gov/orpd-citizens-police-academy, printed and filled out, or picked up at the records division of the police department at 200 S Tulane Avenue in Oak Ridge. Applications can be submitted by mail or dropped off in person. The mailing address for the Oak Ridge Police Department is P.O. Box 1, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Please add “Attention Shannah Newman” to any mailings.

Once accepted, a schedule and list of locations for the class will be distributed. A $50 administrative fee will be due on the first night of class. For questions or more information, please contact Lt. Shannah Newman at snewman@oakridgetn.gov or by phone at (865) 425-3501.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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