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Published: Monday, February 18, 2019 @ 10:05 AM
Updated: Monday, February 18, 2019 @ 10:05 AM
TROTWOOD — The city of Trotwood will seek to bridge the gap between residents and police officers with the Citizens Police Academy, being offered for the first time in years.
Trotwood residents can take part in the nine-week long program to get a look behind the scenes at the Trotwood Police Department. This will be the first time the police department has hosted the program since 2014.
The Citizens Police Academy will give residents a chance to see how the department operates on a day-to-day basis.
“Ultimately, it comes down to building trust with our community,” said Capt. Dan Heath.
Participants will get hands-on experience in tasks officers do. Officers will show residents police techniques, firearms safety, specialized training and problem-solving skills that officers use to resolve conflicts they see in the line of duty, according to a release.
Police Academy students will get a chance to participate in mock scenarios like traffic stops, evidence collection and building searches. Detectives, evidence technicians and fire arms instructors will be among those teaching the program.
The department advises this does not qualify a citizen as a police officer, but they hope it sparks an interest in a participant to become one or to have an understanding how a police officer conducts their job.
“The Citizens Police academy will help bridge the gap between the police department and the community,” said Sgt. Bill Moore. “Not only will the community be able to have a better understanding of what we as police officers do on a daily basis, it will also provide feedback from the community to the police department for a better understanding of what is expected.”
“This is an opportunity for community members to get up close and personal with the inner workings of police work.”
Residents must fill out an application for a basic background check to ensure the participant has not been charged with any serious crimes.
The program will be on Wednesdays from March 27 through May 18 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Trotwood Police Training Center on Olive Road. There will be two Saturdays the program will be held for the mock scenarios.
Residents are asked to email Moore at email@example.com or call 937-837-0766 to be added to the list of participants.