CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATION
March 26 – June 4, 2014, Wednesdays, 6:30p.m.-9:30p.m.
The Springfield Police Department is inviting applicants to attend its Citizen Police Academy. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Preference will be given to Springfield residents and people doing business in Springfield. The academy course is designed for citizens from all backgrounds or occupations.
The Springfield Citizen Police Academy is a long established and important police/community relations program. It is designed to provide citizens with a better understanding of the nature of police work and to provide citizens with the opportunity to interact with department members in a non-emergency setting. It is also an opportunity for citizens to provide input on police policy, practice and procedure.
The 33-hour training program consists of classroom and "hands-on" instruction. Topics covered include the officer selection and training process, the job of the uniformed patrol officer, investigation skills, tactical operation, the canine unit, use of firearms, vice and narcotics, communications, crime scene search, and crime prevention. Students will be actively involved in many interesting activities, such as touring police facilities, using police equipment, and firing the department-issued weapons.
Graduates of this course will not be police officers, but will be better-informed citizens. The graduates will be in a position to relate their experiences to friends, and co-workers.
The course is free. Each applicant must answer each question on the attached application form. If the question does not apply, state the reason why it does not apply. To graduate, each student must attend at least nine of the eleven classes. Therefore, prior to applying, applicants must determine whether or not they can attend the minimum number of classes for graduation.
Classes will be held weekly on Wed. evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the exception of the Lane County Jail tour scheduled for April 24 6:00p.m, the Firearms Range class, scheduled for May 26, 6:00 p.m. and the Crime Lab/Evidence class which is scheduled for May 28, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00pm. The first class will be held March 26, and will continue through June 4.
If you are interested in attending the academy, please complete the attached application, and the release, indemnification and hold harmless agreement. Return both pages to the Springfield Police Department prior to March 3, 2014. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Community Services Unit at 541-726-3731, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. You will be notified regarding your acceptance to the academy by March 14.
Thank you for your interest in the Springfield Citizen Police Academy.
Tim D. Doney
Chief of Police
(keep this page) Return completed application form and the Release form (pages 3 & 4) to the Springfield Police Dept., Attn: Tana Steers, 230 Fourth Street, Springfield, OR 97477, by March 3, 2014.
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