UPDATE, Sept. 2: The fall 2010 session of the KCPD Citizens Police Academy is full. Thanks for your interest! Another session will take place in spring 2011, and we'll announce it here.
The next course of the KCPD Citizens Police Academy begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Kansas City Regional Police Academy, 6885 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road. This free class meets for 10 weeks, three hours each Thursday night, and explains how KCPD works. Participants also take field trips to places like the Helicopter and Canine Units, Bomb and Arson Unit and the Kansas City Regional Crime Laboratory. Experienced police officers and instructors offer briefings, demonstrations, and engage in frank discussions about police operations with class participants. All participants also will go on a ride-along with a patrol officer.
Topics covered during the Citizens Police Academy include overviews of our department structure, information on police recruiting and training and hands-on workshops in various areas. Some of the areas explored include:
Bomb & Arson
Police Dispatch - 911 Service
Tactical Response Teams
The Citizens Police Academy operates on the premise that informed, educated residents will be more supportive of police officers and promote safety in their communities. Admission to the program is open to anyone 18 or older who lives or works in Kansas City, Mo., has good standing in the community and can pass a criminal background investigation.
Click here for more information, and here for the application.
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