Citizens' Police Academy
The Citizens’ Police Academy program is designed to provide citizens with firsthand information on how the police department operates. The academy does this by giving citizens the opportunity of hands on experience in law enforcement.
A lot of times people ask “why we do things the way we do” and the academy gives us the opportunity to answer these questions.
This is an eight week program that meets each Thursday from 6:00PM-8:00PM beginning in early spring of each year. A wide range of topics are covered in the program which include: Patrol Operations, Crime Prevention/Community watch, 911 Communications, Traffic Enforcement, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Defensive Driving and Firearms.
National Night Out
Each year the Marion Police Department coordinates their night out with the National date, which is the first Tuesday of August. More than 16,000 communities from all fifty states, Canadian cities and military bases take part in National Night Out. The first national night out was held in 1984 and was meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities.
Today, the purpose continues to inform the public about police duties, but it also provides the public with information on drug prevention, neighborhood watch initiatives, and additional anti-crime efforts. It also allows residents to engage the officers and ask questions.
Shop with a Hero
Each year the Marion Police Department participates in a special event called Shopping with a Hero. This event was started by one of our many partners, Pastor Bob Ritter and Nebo Crossings Baptist Church. Money is raised or donated to give to Nebo Crossings to help less fortunate children have a great Christmas. The Marion Police Department donates a portion each year from the proceeds raised selling our annual department wall calendars to this program.
Additionally, the department also provides several uniformed officers to assist the children and their family. On that shopping trip a child is paired with Marion Police officer, Sheriff’s Deputy, State Trooper, Paramedic, Firefighter, or Military person for an hour or so of shopping. The child is given a shopping gift card to use on the trip. This is a great opportunity for our officers to connect with our community and hopefully make a positive impact in a child’s life.
School Resource Officers
The National Association of School Resource Officers was founded with a solid commitment to the youth of the United States. Since 1990, our commitment remains solid to promote the TRIAD concept (Law Enforcement Officer - Teacher - Counselor) of school based law enforcement. Many communities have adopted this philosophy as they blend their SRO program, with the many other community policing programs.
By training law enforcement to educate, counsel and protect our school communities, the men and women of NASRO continue to lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to our Nation's youth. NASRO has made itself available to communities and school districts around the nation in the development of effective school based law enforcement partnerships.
School Resource - In Your Community
These Officers are responsible for all calls for service at their respective schools. They also coordinate courses of Law related instruction provided to the students. Course topics include Bicycle Safety, Accident Investigation, Common Traffic Laws, Driving under the Influence penalties and consequences. They are involved in all areas of the student life, including disciplinary issues, counseling, extracurricular activities, safety and mentoring.
Ride Along Program
Our ride along program gives you the ability to ride with a Marion Police Officer on Patrol. Riders experience first hand what a shift with the Marion Police Department is like. Citizens interested in participating in the Ride Along Program are welcome to submit a request form, which are located in our documents and forms section.
Medicine Drop Box
The Marion Police Department has a Drop Box located in our lobby. This box provides a safe place for residents to dispose of expired or unneeded medications.
Items NOT accepted in the Drop Box include:
Liquids (Cough Syrup, Nose Spray, Eye Drops, Etc.)
The Marion Police Department K-9 Unit is led by Corporal Brandi Davis and K-9 Marsoc. This Program is a benefit to the department in the search and recovery of illegal narcotics.