Wausau Police Department Citizen's Academy 

Wausau Police Department anticipates holding another Academy in Fall 2019. Students will get an inside look at Law Enforcement in the Wausau Community with a focus on educating community members about the daily life of Law Enforcement. It consists of class one night a week, for nine weeks, for 2 ½ hours per class, at the Wausau Police Department. Below are the typical class topics. If you’re interested in getting signed up for the next class, please fill out and submit our Citizen’s Academy application form (Online) (Printable PDF).  Priority will be given first to those who live and work in the City Of Wausau, then to the Metro area. 

Typical Class Topics

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Use of Force 

Students will be taught basic police use of force guidelines through classroom instruction and hands on demonstrations of handcuffing, Taser, baton strikes, etc...


WPD K-9 Unit

Students will meet Wausau Police Department K-9 Officers and K-9 Dogs. Students will see  demonstrations of the K-9s' abilities to search for drugs and apprehend suspects.


Impaired Driving

Students will be taught basic impaired driving investigation and be shown how to perform field sobriety testing. Students will also learn how blood alcohol content is calculated and how Officers determine when someone is too intoxicated to drive.


Tour of Department

In depth tour of department facilities, including areas typically not seen by the public.


Police Equipment Demo

Interactive/hands on opportunity to see police squad cars, body armor and other important Law Enforcement equipment.


Investigations Presentations

Wausau Police Detectives present on Detective Bureau operations and discuss some of the high profile investigations that have occurred over the last 20 years. Members of our drug unit will educate students on drugs/gangs in the Wausau area. Members of the District Attorney's office will discuss prosecution in court.


Tour of Jail/Dispatch Facilities

In person tour of the Marathon County Dispatch Center and Marathon County Jail. This provides a unique opportunity for students to see what happens behind the scenes in the communications center and where arrested parties are housed.