Citizen's Academy

The Essex Police Department's Citizen's Police Academy is a program created to bring the relationship between the Essex Police Department and the citizens we protect and serve closer together. Our goal is to give people a glimpse of what our officers learn at basic training in the academy, VT Laws, our working partnerships with non-law enforcement agencies, and the ongoing trainings officers have each year. Our hope is, upon completion of the program, participants will seek out volunteer opportunities within the department at functions Essex Police partake in each year. Career positions such as Officers and Dispatchers, or seasonal positions such as Parks Patrol may be available and may interest those who participate in the Citizens Police Academy*.

*Participation nor completion of this program does not grant participants any law enforcement powers, it will give you a glimpse into who we are and what we do at the Essex Police Department.

Join us for our second Citizen's Academy. The academy will run over the course of eight weeks with one 3-hour class per week for a total of twenty-four training hours. The class will start April 1, 2024 on Monday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Topics will cover a variety of laws, programs, law enforcement trainings and will include both demonstrations from support staff, as well as hands-on activities.

Participants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to apply. Class size will be limited to fifteen participants.

Applications can be obtained at the Police Department, the Town of Essex office, the City of Essex Junction office, as well as by clicking the link below. Completed applications are due by March 15, 2024 and can be mailed or dropped off to:  Essex Police Department, Attn: Sgt. Michael Chistolini, 145 Maple Street, Essex Junction, VT 05452, or emailed to:

Citizen's Academy Application