Kettering Police Department hosts Citizens Police Academy and announces swearing in of a new officer


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Kettering, Ohio – On October 20, 2021, the Kettering Police Department completed its 64th Kettering Citizens Police Academy class.

Kettering’s Citizens Police Academy is an 8-week program. During the program, participants attend weekly classes on the Department’s operations. Subjects include patrol functions, drug awareness, use of K-9s, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, evidence collection, and firearms safety. The Department said that recent graduates also learned about police dispatch operations and observed a SWAT active shooter simulation.

Kettering says the program is designed to give residents a look at all facets of the Department’s policing efforts. The Department encourages participants to interact with the officers teaching the program and hopes that the program will increase communications be the Department and the community.

Kettering offers the program several times a year. But the program is popular among residents so spots in each class fill up quickly. Although exact dates have not been announced, Kettering is planning its next Citizens Police Academy for Spring 2020. Classes are typically held Wednesday evenings from 6:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

To learn more about the Kettering Citizens Police Academy, Kettering says that you can contact Department Public Information Officer Tyler Johnson at 937-296-2458. You can also visit
to complete an online application to be part of the next Citizens Police Academy.

On October 18, 2021, the Kettering Police Department also announced the addition of a new officer. Kettering Police Chief Christopher N. Protsman swore in Mathew Curran as the Department’s newest patrol officer. Curran graduated from the University of New Haven Connecticut with a Criminal Justice degree in 2014. Prior to joining the Kettering Police Department, Curran spent 6 years with the New Haven Connecticut Police Department.

In June 2016, The New Haven Independent reported that Curran was part of New Haven Police Academy Class XXI. The New Haven Register reported that Curran received the Class XXI Academic Award for scoring 97.34 on his academy exam. Curran and Class XXI were sworn in as New Haven officers on August 1, 2016.

The Register also reported that Curran was praised by the Department for “courageously” taking an armed murder suspect into custody on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. The report indicated that when Curran arrived at the homicide scene, he and his partner found a woman armed with a gun. Curran ordered the woman to put the gun down, which she did, and then took her into custody. The suspect was accused of killing one woman and wounding another.

The Kettering Police Department’s webpage welcomed Curran to the Department and congratulated him on his swearing-in.

Welcome to Kettering Officer Curran.

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