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After a thoughtful and critical evaluation of the current and future public health crisis in our community, it has been the decision of the AAPD to cancel the Citizens police, fire and courts academy as well as the ready Ann Arbor Training.  Both of these events require in person and interactive experiences to make them effective, and we cannot provide that atmosphere in our current and foreseeable future.  As the COVID-19 situation subsides and begins to diminish, these two events will be a high priority to get rescheduled. 

Stay safe and healthy.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all community programs, including Neighborhood Watch meetings, will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.  Thank you for your patience. 

There are many ways and opportunities for all ages to learn about and get involved with the Ann Arbor Police Department. 
Jack Dentler Ann Arbor Citizens' Police, Fire and Court Academy                                                Ready Ann Arbor      

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Jack Dent​​​ler Ann Arbor Citizens' Police, Fire and Court Academy Program 

Citizens often wish they knew more about the public safety system. In turn, Ann Arbor Police Department, Ann Arbor Fire Department and 15th District Court members wish the public had a b​etter understanding of the challenges facing police officers, firefighters, attorneys and judges.

To bridge the gap, the Ann Arbor Police Department, Ann Arbor Fire Department and the 15th District Court have joined together to create the Ann Arbor Citizens’ Police, Fire and Courts Academy, which is the first program of its kind in Michigan.  

This is an eight-week program that is held at the Ann Arbor Police and Fire departments, Washtenaw Community College and the 15th District Court. Classes are held once a week, and the program includes:

Po​l​​​ice Department

  • Patrol division - traffic stop tactics and scenarios | Investigative division - detective investigation | Use of force/weapon platforms | K-9 unit.

15th D​istrict Court

  • Organizational structure | Criminal justice system | Court processes | Court programs.

Fire Depar​​​tment

  • Fire responder's role | Pre-hospital care | Fire response and behavior | Hazardous material | Technical rescue | Emergency management.

The next academy will start in the Spring or Summer of 2021.  A press release with exact dates and other details will come out in early 2021  If interested in participating, complete and submit the Jack Dentler Citizens-Police-Fire-and-Court-Academy.aspx

For more information, contact PSS Susan Casey, Ann Arbor Police Department, 734.794.6900, ext. 49526​, or scasey@a2gov.org.

​Ready A​​nn Arb​​​or​​

Apply to participate! Complete and submit the Ready Ann Arbor training application. (Note: we changed the application so you can just fill it out online and submit it.)

Upc​​​oming Ready ​​Ann Arbor training: Spring or summer 2021 (Dates TBD). Look for an announcement in early 2021.

Ready Ann Arbor Update 9/4/2020: We are in the process of reorganizing this program. More information to come. ​

The Ann Arbor Poli​ce and Fire departments have launched a new community preparedness program for residents. Modeled after the Department of Homeland Security's Ready campaign, Ready Ann Arbor will aim to educate and empower the public to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and manmade disasters, while promoting preparedness through public involvement.

The two-day training takes place over two Saturdays. The topics covered during this initial training include crime prevention, hands-only CPR, personal safety, stop the bleed, active shooter training, home fire safety, covering resources in community, and fire extinguishers training. 

Ready Ann Arbor participants must:

  • Be an Ann Arbor resident.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Complete and submit the application.
  • Attend all classes to receive completion certificate.

If you are interested in learning more about Ready Ann Arbor, please contact PSS Susan Casey, Ready Ann Arbor program coordinator, at 734.794.6900, extension 49526, or scasey@a2gov.org.

 Safety Town

Safety Town is one of most popular summer safety educational programs geared for young 5’s, kindergarteners and first graders. Safety Town is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Police Department and the Ann Arbor Recreation and Education Department. The program is designed to teach children about safety in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Kids learn how to evaluate safe from unsafe when confronted with potentially dangerous situations. Students will have an opportunity to explore a child-sized mock Ann Arbor "town" on bicycles. Guest speakers include police officers, firefighters, healthcare workers, bike safety specialists and "Buster the Bus," AAPS's own talking school bus. Songs, games, stories and art projects reinforce the lessons being taught. Our program includes classes such as: bike and vehicle safety, stranger safety, fire safety, pedestrian safety, and riding a school bus.

Learn for more information on the Safety Town website. ​

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