Citizens Academy

Neighborhood Services
Ofc. J. Willingham
770-592-6000 x 1172

Spring 2020 Registration Is Now Closed
February 27, 2020 - May 14, 2020 Every Thursday 6:30pm - 8:30pm


The City of Woodstock Citizens' Public Safety Academy occurs at least once a year and meets once a week for eleven weeks in the evening from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at our city venues.

The Citizens' Public Safety Academy is an important component of the Woodstock Police and Fire Department’s community oriented philosophy. Its purpose is to provide a forum whereby you can develop a basic understanding of how the police and fire departments are continually striving to better our city.

During the twelve weeks of the Citizens' Public Safety Academy, various personnel will cover a variety of law enforcement and fire safety subjects. Through this experience, you will gain valuable knowledge of the how the Woodstock Police and Fire Departments operate within your community.


Each Citizens' Public Safety Academy session covers a variety of subjects ranging from basic operations and each department's role in the community to discussions and demonstrations. The curriculum is as follows:

Week 1: Welcome Night with Chief Moss and Chief Soumas
Week 2: Traffic Presentation
Week 3: Fire Department Education/WPSF
Week 4: Criminal Investigations/Patrol Functions
Week 5: Search & Rescue
Week 6: CMANS/K-9 Presentation
Week 7: Fire - SWAT Presentation
Week 8: Fire Extrication Demo & Police Accident Reconstruction
Week 9: C.R.A.S.E
Week 10: Fire Station Tour
Week 11: Judgmental Shooting
Week 12: Graduation

As a Citizens' Public Safety Academy participant, you will receive a comprehensive behind the scenes look at the Woodstock Police Department and Woodstock Fire Department. Upon successful completion of the Citizens' Public Safety Academy each participant and their family and friends will be invited to attend the citizens' academy graduation ceremony held at the Chambers at City Center.


Academy enrollment is limited. Citizens' Public Safety Academy application forms are available to download below or at the Woodstock Police Department. After your completion of the application, please turn it in to the Woodstock Police Department, care of Ofc. G. Stepp. In the weeks prior to the citizens' academy start date, the Academy Coordinator will contact you to confirm your selection to participate in the next academy.


  • Be at least 19 years old
  • Live, work or have an expressed interest in the City of Woodstock
  • Have no felony convictions
  • Have no criminal misdemeanor convictions within one year of application


You may download a PDF version of the application for the Spring 2020 academy here. Applications must be delivered in person to the Woodstock Police Department due to notarization requirements. The deadline to apply is February 24, 2020.