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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Bluffton Police Department offers annual Citizens Police Academy in fall

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  • Citizens Police Academy applicants


  • Citizens Police Academy 8-week course


  • Bluffton Police Department, 101 Progressive Street (Buckwalter Place)


  • October 18, 2021 through December 6, 2021
  • Monday nights, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Graduation Ceremony December 13, 2021

The Bluffton Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2021 Citizens Police Academy (CPA).

This 8-week, free Academy gives residents a glimpse into the Bluffton Police Department (BPD), the experiences of its officers, the multi-faceted skill sets required of law enforcement and the specialized divisions of BPD. The course will give its participants an overview of the issues, challenges, rewards and experiences of local law enforcement. The academy will cover topics such as:  the history of police, traffic enforcement, radar operation, evidence collection, fingerprint recovery, defensive tactics and firearms. 

“Community relationships are a key tenet to successful policing, especially in Bluffton,” Chief Stephenie Price said. “This course is a wonderful opportunity for residents to understand the complexities of law enforcement and for officers to hear directly from the residents whom they serve. 

“While this course offers a deep dive into our department, the best results of this course are usually the trust and partnerships which develop from a better understanding of each other.” 

If you are interested in applying for the Academy: 

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older, have a valid driver’s license and agree to a background check
  • Town residents are given preference, however, greater Bluffton residents are welcome
  • Seats are limited so please submit applications as soon as possible
  • This is an 8-week course; two absences are permitted to graduate
  • Apply online
  • Deadline for applications is October 4, 2021

For more information, please contact Lt. Kelly McCauley ( or Sgt. John DeStasio (

Bluffton Police Department’s main number is 843.706.4550.

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