SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Applications are now open for the Springfield Police Departments course, Citizens Police Academy, for citizens wanting to get a taste of what it's like being a police officer in Springfield.
Students will be selected this summer to begin the 10-week academy in September.
Classes are held one evening per week for approximately three hours. Topics covered in the academy will include crime scene processing, investigations, narcotics and gang investigations, defensive tactics, use of firearms and traffic/DWI enforcement.
The group will also participate in field trips to the department's range, headquarters, South District Station, Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center and its history museum, the Calaboose, according to a release.
The Department is accepting applications for the academy through July 20. The program is limited to 25 participants who must be citizens living inside the city limits of Springfield.
"I encourage citizens to participate in this academy because it allows them to get a much better understanding of the difficult job officers have," said Police Chief Paul Williams. "The deeper their understanding is, the stronger our relationship can be with the citizens we serve. Establishing, or in some cases building upon connections between officers and citizens allows them to enhance the level of respect and trust among one another."
The class is offered each year and was re-initiated by Police Chief Paul Williams in 2011.
To submit an application for the Citizens Police Academy, click here or call Officer Kaylee Friend at 417-864-1351.
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