Police send out invitation to citizen academy
If you have ever wondered why Yuma police set up radar at certain locations to catch speeders, or what other procedures and techniques officers use in certain situations, you can find out by enrolling in the upcoming XVI Citizens Police Academy.
The Yuma Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy, which is designed to educate area residents about the daily operations of the agency.
“This is a great opportunity for people who have an interest in law enforcement,” said Officer Cruz Vidal, a YPD spokeswoman.
Vidal said she hopes to get about 25 to 30 participants. She added that the academy is not only geared toward residents interested in what officers do on a daily basis, but also for those who might be thinking about pursuing a career in law enforcement.
The eight-week academy begins on Tuesday, March 5, with a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, April, 23. Classes are held every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at YPD.
There is no fee for attending the academy, but participants will be required to attend at least five sessions and take part in all hands-on exercises for successful completion of the course.
Preference will be given to city resident, and all applicants must be 21 years of age or older and pass a criminal background check. Applications can be picked up at the YPD records window, 1500 S. 1st Ave., and submitted before Feb. 22.
Participants will meet several officers who will instruct them on various topics related to police work such as patrol functions, criminal investigation, communications and 911, crime prevention and the Special Response Team.
A former participant said of the academy, “What an eye-opener! For eight fascinating weeks we heard presenters, had interesting, in-class, ‘hands-on' experiences and tours, and had an exhilarating ‘Ride-along' with a veteran Field Training officer. All of these activities succinctly framed YPD policies, structure and operations. It made a lasting impression! This is a great opportunity for our community.”
For more information about the program, contact Vidal at 373-4760 or VidalC@YumaAZ.gov.