South Warwickshire Citizens Academy

Warwickshire Police is offering people in South Warwickshire an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day workings of their local police force as part of the Citizens’ Academy.

10th September 2019 to 20th November 2019

This programme provides local people over the age of 16 with a unique insight into Warwickshire Police’s work to protect people from harm and improve residents’ quality of life.

Members of the public can support the work of the police and their partner agencies by enrolling in the ten-week Citizens’ Academy programme, to be held at Warwickshire Police Head Quarters, Leek Wootton, where police officers, police staff and supporting agencies / organisations will deliver presentations on key subjects.

What will you get from the course?

Students completing the programme will graduate from the Citizens’ Academy and their participation will be recognised with a formal ceremony.

It is hope that students will pass on their experiences and increased knowledge to the rest of the community, or become special constables or volunteers with the police or other agencies.

The course will cover a range of policing functions/roles including crime prevention and detection, recording crimes and incidents, road safety, forensic investigation, police use of firearms, internet safety, and the role of Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as other key departments. There may be opportunities for students to experience ride-alongs with police officers and to visit a police station.

Participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to them to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.

How to apply for the South Warwickshire Citizens’ Academy? 

If you live in South Warwickshire, are at least 16 years of age and would like to apply to be part of this exciting new venture, please complete the below application form and either email it to

Criteria will be applied to the selection process and successful applicants will be subject to security checks. The eligibility criteria include:

  • Your age (minimum age 16 years),
  • Preferably that you have no previous links/employment with the police or the criminal justice system
  • If you have any previous convictions
  • Whether you are a malicious or persistent complainant
  • The reason for your application
  • Whether you are in relevant policing/force area.

Applicants who have been invited to join the course will be asked to bring proof of identity along to the first session for checking when they register on to the course.

Academy attendees must sign Official Secrets Act forms to cover their involvement on ride-alongs. They will also be asked to give permission for their photographs to be used in any publicity. Lack of consent from a student to use photographs of them in publicity is not a reason to bar them from joining the course.

The final date for application to be received is 27 August 2019

To download an application form, please click here