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COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICER

ACADEMY

At the Meridian Police Department, all new Community Service Officers are required to attend 5-week in-house academy. The academy is conducted with a focus on education, and is not conducted as a military style, stress-discipline academy. During the academy, new officers will spend time in the classroom learning about Meridian City Ordinances and Department Policy, receive training on how to process a crime scene (i.e. crime scene photographs, dusting for fingerprints, collecting evidence, etc.) be certified to use Less than Lethal weapons systems, and learn Defensive Tactics skills.

MEET THE ACADEMY STAFF

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Sergeant
Justin Dance

Sergeant Dance joined the Meridian Police Department in 2011 after 6 years with the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office.  He worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Patrol Corporal.  In 2017, Sergeant Dance was promoted to Sergeant where he served as a Patrol Sergeant, Traffic Sergeant and K9 Sergeant.  Additionally, he is part of the Building Search/Active Shooter and Defensive Tactics cadre where he enjoys teaching.  Currently, Sergeant Dance serves as the Training Coordinator for the Meridian Police Department.

Training Officer Justin Northway

In 2007, I joined the Meridian Police Department. For the first ten years of my law enforcement career, I worked as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer. As a Field Training Officer, I enjoyed teaching and instructing new police officers. In 2017, I became a Detective and served in the Criminal Investigations Division for approximately two years. In 2019, I had the privilege of being selected to become our department’s first Training Officer, where I currently work and assist with department wide training and instruct at our Meridian and Nampa Joint Police Academy.

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FIELD TRAINING PROGRAM

Upon graduation from the Community Service Officer academy, new officers will be assigned to the Field Training Program. During the Field Training Program, officers will gain hands-on experience under the guidance of a Field Training Officer. 

After successfully completing the Field Training Program, Community Service Officers will be assigned to the Patrol Division where they will work as members of patrol teams. 

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1401 EAST WATERTOWER STREET

MERIDIAN, IDAHO 83642

MONDAY-FRIDAY:  7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Training Officer
Tavita Messenger

Officer Messenger joined the Meridian Police Department in 2016 with 2 years of prior law enforcement experience with the Twin Falls Police Department.  Officer Messenger worked as a Patrol Officer and was later selected to be a Field Training Officer and Meridian Police Department Instructor.  He has a passion and aptitude for raising up the next generation of officers which made for a seamless transition to the Meridian-Nampa Joint Patrol Academy as a Training Officer in September of 2021.  Officer Messenger also serves on the Recruiting Team searching for quality individuals with a desire to serve in the Meridian community.  

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