The West Carrollton Police Department will host its Community Police Academy (CPA) this fall which will provide hands-on training and education about what it’s like to be a police officer from academy training to being on the road. The free academy is for West Carrollton residents.
Participants will work together with officers to gain an understanding of what it takes to ‘make a police officer.’ The class will go through the same type of training led by the same instructors that train West Carrollton officers. Citizens will participate in ‘ride-a-longs’ to observe officers’ daily duties and experiences.
Several training topics will include crime scene evidence collection and forensics processing, learning how traffic stops are handled, the accident and detective investigation process, and ‘why’ and ‘how’ tasers are used. A new tool that participants will be able to use is the interactive firearms simulator.
“We are excited to hold a Community Police Academy this year after a hiatus due to the covid pandemic. As officers, we enjoy this type of positive interaction with our community. The opportunity to bridge the gap between the police and community is priceless. Not only do the citizens learn about why and how we do certain things, we get the chance to learn what the community needs and expects from us, and where we can improve. We have changed and updated some of the curriculum and are looking forward to having a great experience for our community,” said Officer Maureen Flaute.
The police department is accepting registrations until September 1, 2022. Dates for the CPA will be Wednesdays, September 14 to November 2, from 6-8:30 p.m. The class will fill at 25 people. Residents must complete the form either online here, or it can be picked up at the Civic Center. Forms can be returned to Ofc. Maureen Flaute at firstname.lastname@example.org or returned to the police department at the Civic Center.