Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Citizen Police Academy, By

The Marshall Police Department has formed a five-day Citizen Police Academy (CPA) program. The MPD CPA will create an expansion of our community-based efforts and emphasize our motto of “Putting Our Community First.”
This program is intended to open the lines of communication between the Community and the Marshall Police Department.
To the Citizen, it may frequently appear that the police are not doing their job or are exceeding their boundaries. By allowing citizens a firsthand look at what rules, regulations and policies the police follow, some of the misunderstanding may be alleviated.
The objective of the Citizen Police Academy is not to train an individual to be a “Reserve Police Officer” but to produce informed citizens. The Citizens and Police Officers meet each other face to face, and each becomes a person to the other. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they have an understanding of the person behind the badge.
The first session of the Marshall Police Citizens Academy will be held at the Marshall Police Department on January 25th, 27th, 29th, and February 1st and 3rd from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Participants will have to attend all five days to graduate from the academy.
The Citizens Police Academy is designed to increase the community's understanding and awareness of the Marshall Police Department. Citizens will be exposed to many different aspects of law enforcement including the day-to-day operation of the Marshall Police Department. Some of the activities participants will experience include:
• Agency Tour • Overview of the Police Profession and Criminal Justice System • Emergency Management and Communications • Patrol Operations/Equipment Demonstrations • Traffic Enforcement/DWI Enforcement • Crime Scene Investigation • Criminal Investigations • K-9 Demonstrations • Arrest Procedures • Graduation
Anyone interested in participating in the academy will have to complete and return the CPA application form. The application form will be used to check a person’s background. Individuals that pass the application process will be granted a slot in the academy. The CPA is limited to 20 individuals per session.
The application can be downloaded by visiting Complete the application and return it via email to no later than 12 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

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