Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy is a 10-week program designed to allow residents to informally interact with members of the department and local criminal justice system. Class participants will have the opportunity to meet officers from each of the department’s specialized units and hear from guest speakers.

During the program, citizens learn more about the following topics:

  • Community Relations
  • Evidence Collection
  • Fingerprint Recovery
  • Firearms
  • History of Police
  • Radar Operations
  • Traffic Enforcement

The course takes place August through October of each year. Class participants meet once a week at the Bluffton Police Department in the evening for a two-hour time period. Applications begin being advertised on the department’s social media outlets in June.

Graduates will receive a certificate of completion.




  1. Joy Nelson

    Community Relations Manager
    Phone: 843-706-4542