In an effort to educate those we serve about the role we play in the community the Department hosts an annual Citizen's Police Academy. Academy participants get a first hand look at the inner-workings of the Department and police work through hands-on learning experiences. Classes are held once a week for ten weeks and include the following topics:
Department Introduction & Tour
Drugs & Gangs
Vehicle Contacts/Traffic Stops
Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Processing
Defensive and Arrest Tactics
Emergency Vehicle Operation & Control
The last class presents the participants with a range of scenarios similar to those presented to actual law enforcement academy recruits. The Citizen's Academy is not a typical classroom experience as participants get to use the actual equipment used by officers on a daily basis. Academy graduates leave with a greater understanding of police work and many have come back to participate and assist with Department events.