Winfield Police, Cowley Sheriff co-hosts to fall citizens academy

CSI: Matt Stein, graduate of the 2018 citizens academy, dusts for fingerprints as part of the crime scene investigation class.

The Winfield Police Department is teaming up with the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office for its next adult citizens academy, set to start Sept. 12.

The 12th annual academy will educate citizens about the police department and sheriff’s office organizations, operations and roles in the communities they serve. The academy is now open to all Cowley County residents.

Participants gain an understanding of law enforcement responsibilities, as well as the laws that govern them. The academy provides a hands-on opportunity to educate citizens on the operations of law enforcement while obtaining valuable feedback to enhance police relations with the community.

Involvement in the citizens academy requires a commitment of three hours, one night a week, for 12 weeks. The training includes classroom courses in traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, SWAT, drug investigations and death investigations, as well as many other topics, ride-alongs, and hands-on experiences. Classes are held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Thursday. Classes will not be held on Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Instructors for the program consist of officers and staff of the Winfield Police Department, Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and Blue Line Tracking, LLC.

There is no cost to attend the citizens academy. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older who lives in Cowley County and is free of felony convictions.

Any resident interested in learning more about law enforcement is encouraged to apply for the upcoming academy.

Applications for the citizens academy are available at the police department, 812 Millington St., or the sheriff’s office, 911 Fuller St. Applications can also be downloaded from the City of Winfield’s website at Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 30. Class size is limited, so those interested are encouraged to apply quickly. 

For questions or more information on the citizens academy, email Tyler at or call (620) 221-5545, or visit the Winfield Police Facebook page at

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