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The White Plains Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the continuation of the Public Safety Civilian Academy. This special and exciting five-week program is intended for the residents of the City of White Plains who want to learn more about the White Plains Public Safety Department.

This Academy is offered FREE of charge and is a hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program that is taught by experienced police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel.

The concept of the Civilian Academy involves opening up the White Plains Public Safety Department to the residents of our city. The participants will see exactly what we do and how we do it. As a result, graduates are better equipped to assess safety issues, share with others their knowledge of law enforcement practices and policies. It is our hope is that the participants will gain a better understanding of the Public Safety professions.

Given our commitment to the community and proactive problem-solving, we see the Civilian Academy as an effective way of bringing police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and our residents together in an informal, educational forum.

The benefits of such a partnership can only help strengthen the entire community in terms of public safety and quality of life. Classes will begin on October 17th, 2023 and will be held every Tuesday evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Topics covered
in Two Hour classes will include:

  • Department Command Structure
  • Criminal Investigation Division
  • The Traffic Unit
  • The Patrol Division
  • CASI Unit 
  • Ambulance – Life Support Services
  • The DWI Arrest
  • Criminal Law
  • The Fire Department
  • Tour of Firing Range


All those interested are encouraged to email Captain James Spencer at, or
call (914) 422-6341, for further information.

Completed applications must be received by October 12th, 2023. Applications can be emailed to Captain James Spencer at or printed and mailed to:

White Plains Police Department
ATTN: Captain James Spencer
77 South Lexington Avenue
White Plains, New York, 10601

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