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Citizens Police Academy applications now being accepted

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety will be offering a 2016 Citizens' Police Academy. Citizens will see how their police department operates and the policing challenges our community faces. Participants in each session commit to meeting for ...

The Mitchell Department of Public Safety will be offering a 2016 Citizens' Police Academy. Citizens will see how their police department operates and the policing challenges our community faces. Participants in each session commit to meeting for three hours one night per week for 10 weeks, to learn about each aspect of the department.

The goals of the Citizens' Academy are to create a growing group of responsible, well-informed citizens who have the potential of influencing the public opinions about police practices and services. Citizens will gain an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and have an opportunity to offer comments and ideas regarding solutions.

Various officers and personnel from the department speak on their areas of expertise, as well as other specialized guest speakers.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older. They must be a resident of the City of Mitchell, or a business owner in the area or otherwise have a vested interest in the community. Participants will be chosen at the discretion of the Crime Prevention Unit and Chief of Police after backgrounds and references have been checked.

What subjects are covered? DUW, Drug Task Force, K-9, Communications division, criminal investigations, department tour, firearms policies/use of force, motor vehicle enforcement, patrol division, recruitment and training, search and seizure/laws of arrest, special operations.

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There is no fee for attending the Citizens Academy, however class size is limited to the first 20 approved applicants. The deadline is Aug. 26.

Contact the Mitchell Police to pick up an application at 201 W. First Ave., or contact Assistant Chief Michael Koster at 995-8400 for more information.

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