Social Circle Police Department Citizen Police Academy - Share Our Vision and Be Our VoiceApplication

Citizen’s Police Academy

Next Class: April 10, 2019

The Social Circle Citizen’s Police Academy was created to give the residents and corporate citizens of Social Circle a chance to see, understand and interact with the inner workings of the City of Social Circle Police Department. Participants will learn about the available services, resources and programs offered by the Social Circle Police Department. More importantly, participants will meet and interact with the men and women who provide these services. Specifically, sessions will cover the structure of the police department, patrol functions, criminal investigations, firearms training, use of force and use of force considerations. Classes will be a combination of lectures, demonstrations and interactive activities.

Participants in this program will meet for six (6) weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the police department’s community room. Firearms training will be held at the Covington Police Department range during week (6) on that Saturday and will conclude with a family cookout for all participants. Also during the program, participants will be required, at their convenience, to complete at least two (2) hours of police “ride alongs”. A graduation ceremony will be held after the completion of the program.

Participation in the program is free. Applicants are required to be twenty-one (21) years of age and must provide their own transportation to and from training. Acceptance into the program is subject to review of the applicant’s background, including a criminal history inquiry.

For more information please call Lt. Randy Downs at 770-464-2366 or e-mail at rdowns@socialcirclega.com.


Our targeted audience for the Citizen Police Academy is the residents and corporate citizens of Social Circle and Walton County. Individuals who apply for the Citizen’s Police Academy must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. Applicants will be subject to a background check to include a criminal history check. A consent form to conduct the background check is attached and must be returned along with your application.


The goal of the Social Circle Police Department Citizen’s Police Academy is to give citizens a better understanding of the functions and services provided by the City of Social Circle Police Department. In doing so this helps to create and develop a growing nucleus of responsible and well informed citizens. These citizens have the potential to influence public opinion concerning Social Circle Police Department practices and the delivery of services. This will promote a team concept between the City of Social Circle Police Department and the citizens we serve.