WHPS announces 2013 Citizens Police Academy

West Hennepin Public Safety has announced the dates for the 2013 Citizens Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy will start on March 7 and will end with graduation on April 18. The Academy runs for seven weeks, one day a week, Thursday nights, from 7 to 10 p.m.



The Citizens Academy is a free 21-hour block of instruction, sponsored by the Crime Fund, designed to give citizens knowledge about how the local public safety department operates, its policies, procedures, programs and challenges. In addition, participants will be introduced to government officials and staff and learn about the responsibilities of their respective office. Participants in each session will commit to meeting 3 hours, one night a week for seven weeks.

The Citizens Police Academy was designed to create a better understanding of law enforcement through education. The Citizens Police Academy participants are presented with realistic hands on information, which will help each participant better understand the police department functions. The classroom and hands on information covers: DWI and Traffic Enforcement, home security, use of deadly force which included a demonstration of the Taser Gun and FATS training (firearms simulation), Hennepin County Dispatch Center, Court procedures including testifying before a Judge and many other areas related to law enforcement.

This is a great opportunity to meet peace officers, fellow citizens and other members of government to learn why officers do what they do. At graduation participants will receive a certificate and become a member of the Citizens Academy Network Alumni.



WHPS believes an informed citizenry will enhance public safety, make better decisions about how to protect themselves and their business, understand law enforcement strategies to problem-solving and provide leadership to other areas of government.

This class is a must for those people who live or work within the West Hennepin Public Safety Department’s jurisdiction. The West Hennepin Public Safety Department is currently establishing a list of participants who would be interested in the next class. The recommended attendee age is 18 years and older. Contact the West Hennepin Public Safety Department at 763-479-0500 between the hours 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., if interested in attending the Citizens Police Academy.

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