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About the Academy
The purpose of the Academy is to encourage high school students to pursue policing as a career and to promote the Mount Vernon Police Department as the agency of choice.

The 2017 Academy will run from June 19th to June 23rd. Academy hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm except for Thursday, June 23rd, the class hours will be 1:00pm - 9:00pm. 

While attending the Academy, participates will:
  • Learn what it takes to become a Police Officer
  • Learn what it is like to be a Mount Vernon Police Officer
  • Learn about the Mount Vernon Police Department
  • Become familiar with the Department's policing philosophy

Taught By Police Officers

The classes are taught by Police Officers, Department personnel, and guest speakers. Topics include the Department's Vision, Mission, Goals, and Values; Hiring Process; Police Tactical Operations; Ethics; Use of Force; Criminal Investigations; Constitutional Law and more. Students ride along with a Police Officer while on patrol and participate in several hands-on activities. Upon completion of the Academy, a graduation ceremony will be held at the Mount
Vernon Police Department.

Applications for the 2017 Academy will be due in by June 9th.

Apply Online
Paper applications are available at the Mount Vernon Police Department front desk and can also be downloaded.  They may be returned or mailed to the Department:
1805 Continental Place
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Contact Us
If you are interested in learning more about the academy, please
contact the Mount Vernon Police Department Officer Brien Reed at 336-6271.