Westerly police to host Citizens Police Academy; applications due by Oct. 27

Westerly police to host Citizens Police Academy; applications due by Oct. 27

The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — Ever wonder how police are able to identify and secure evidence from crime scene investigations? Are you curious about the different tools used by the police? Want to know the challenges facing officers in different types of emergency calls?

The Westerly Police Department is offering residents a chance to learn about the workings of the department with its Citizens Police Academy, a 10-week course. After a four-year gap, the program was reintroduced in late 2016 and another course was held early this year.

“The department views the Citizen’s Police Academy as a mutually insightful opportunity,” said Lt. Robert Warner, a spokesman for the department. “Citizens are provided with a learning environment, taught by various department personnel, revealing the many functions we perform.”

Topics will include accident investigation, the handling of domestic violence cases, firearms safety, and K-9 units, with a different subject matter each week. The classes will run two hours and will be held Thursdays between Nov. 2 and Jan. 11 (except for holidays), at the police headquarters, 60 Airport Road.

Warner said the department is seeking 20 applicants for the upcoming class and the department has already received several applications. Eligible applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Warner said the public education program has benefits for the department. In dealing with questions from participants, he said, the instructors are exposed to the thoughts and concerns of members of the community. “At the conclusion of each academy class, there is an added number of citizens with a greater understanding of their police department,” he said.

To apply, download the applications from the Westerly Police Department website at westerlypolice.org, on the Westerly Police Facebook page or pick up an application in the lobby of the station at 60 Airport Road. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. Those with questions are asked to contact Lt. Steven Johnson by email at sjohnson@westerlypolice.org or by phone at 401-348-6105.



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