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Now accepting applications for 2024 Branson Citizens Police Academy

The Branson Police Department is accepting applications for our 2024 Citizen Police Academy, a program in which community members are offered an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the mission, values and operations of the Branson Police Department.


The behind-the-scenes look will offer hands-on experiences and insights into the nature of the Branson Police Department. This 12-week program will begin on August 22, 2024, and will be held on each subsequent Thursday evening through November 7, 2024. The hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Thursday night.


Participants will learn a wide range of topics including patrol procedures, narcotics investigations, crime scene processing, traffic enforcement, accident investigation and SWAT. Participants will also get to meet our K-9 teams and take a tour of the department. At the conclusion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to ride with a police officer and to experience policing from an officer’s perspective. Participation in the ride-along program is not required but is available to those who are interested.


Interested candidates must be at least 21 years old and have no felony convictions. Priority will be given to people who live or work in the City of Branson. Space is limited to 30 people and will fill up quickly. Applications must be submitted to the police department by July 31, 2024.


More information about the course can be found on our website under Special Programs:



For questions regarding the Citizen’s Academy, please contact Officer Donathan or 417-337-8503.

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