Ardmore, Lower Merion Township, PA —  The Lower Merion Police Department is looking for citizen recruits for its widely popular Citizen's Police Academy.  If you ever wondered how and why the police operate the way they do then this is the program for you. 

The eight-week course is held on Thursday evenings from 7 PM until about 9 PM and runs from February 28 through April 18, 2019.  The class size is limited, and those wanting an application should go to the township website or click here for an application.

Questions can be answered by contacting the LMPD crime prevention unit at 610-645-6240 or by emailing  NOTE:  If you ever need police contact the 911 center.  Never email if you need to see an officer.

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“This program brings transparency to the operations of the Police Department.   It is the Police Department’s way of providing a window for the public so that you can see the inner workings.” stated an officer at LMPD assigned to Staff Services. 

Why join

If you are interested in the inner workings of a police department, if your just civic-minded or curious and you want to learn more.  This is a course that you want to take.  The police go out of their way to show you why they do things, why they think the way they do and what is expected of them.

Police are generally pretty humble people.  They do great things.  They help people, they save lives, and every day they risk their lives to protect the citizens of Lower Merion.  Rarely do they tell people what they do day in day out.  Here you can get a glimpse into an officer's life.   

Have you ever wondered how duties differ between motorcycle officers vs. the patrol car?

Have you ever had the chance to see how crime scenes are investigated?

Have you wondered what the weight of the police equipment is that officer wear each day?

Did you ever wonder how the causes of death are investigated?

Did you ever wonder what the detective unit does?

Have you ever wondered about the K-9 units and how they operate?

All of these things are put on display and applicants will receive inside information about these and other police activities.

If you are looking for immediate information regarding police policy and operations, you can view the entire manual online at the township website or by clicking here.


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