Community Education: Citizens Academy

The Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation is proud to sponsor the six-week Citizen’s Academy, a public safety education program for adults that meets once a week.

While attending the Citizen’s Academy, participants will learn about law enforcement, public safety, and how the Palm Beach Police and Fire Departments work collaboratively with its citizens to keep our community peaceful and safe.

Over the course of six weeks, participants meet and get to know some of the men and women who work at the Police and Fire Departments, and learn about public safety straight from the source.

Sessions with the Police Department include: Hands-on opportunities and participation in interactive crime scene investigations, ride-alongs in police cars and on the police boat, a tour of the County jail, Response to Resistance, TASER deployment and firearm safety sessions. The Fire Rescue Department will lead sessions that highlight: Education about water supply and pumping, hoseline drills, vehicle extrication, truck operation, safe usage of fire extinguishers, along with safe CPR, AED, water safety and rescue procedures.

At the end of the academy, participants will have a greater understanding of public safety operations, and will become part of the Palm Beach Police and Palm Beach Fire Rescue Department “family.”

The program will conclude with a Graduation Ceremony on the last day of the program.

Participant Requirements

Be a resident or business owner in the Town of Palm Beach,
Attend all six sessions of the Academy
Participation fee of $200 payable to The Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation

For more information, please contact us
Phone | 561-820-8118 or Email Us


Dear Chief,

I wanted to thank you for an amazing experience today at the Fire Station Citizen's Academy. Everyone was beyond kind and ever so informative. I have always had a healthy respect and admiration for Firefighters but now have a much greater understanding of the incredible and vast degree of work you all do. I can't wait for the next classes; you and your teams are beyond awesome! This experience of the Citizen's Academy is truly life changing.

God Bless you!
See you in two weeks!

Very gratefully yours,

Carl (David)

Chief: Good morning. Yesterday’s academy went very well. The day was interesting and entertaining and the group was quite surprised and impressed with the myriad of functions the fire department responds to and is responsible for. Well Done. We all look forward to our next session and tearing those cars up.

Jack McDonald
Former Mayor of Palm Beach

I am so privileged to have participated in the 2020 Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation Citizen’s Academy. I enjoyed every minute of our six-week course. I owe much gratitude to the foundation, Palm Beach Police Department and Palm Beach Fire Department.

A special thanks to our police officers and firefighters. Their knowledge, work ethic, bravery and dedication is beyond measure. All of our guardians are very special people I wish I could have gotten to know more of them on a personal basis. I want to thank the following staff that I had the pleasure to interact with:

Police: Michael Ogrodnick, community relations coordinator; Nancy Lasken, office assistant; Lt. Bill Roth; Det. Eric Ward, and officer Giselle Bido.

Fire: instructor James Webber; and firefighters Danny Dirocco and Charlie Shinn.

All citizens of Palm Beach should be aware how lucky we are to have the finest police and fire departments in the country. They are out there protecting us day and night. If you see one of our bravest and finest, please thank them for their service.

Arnold Sheer
Palm Beach