Citizen Police Academy gives behind-scenes view of police work
Bern, Muhlenberg, Northern Berks Regional and Laureldale police combined forces to host eight-week course for residents
Bern Township, Muhlenberg Township, Northern Berks Regional and Laureldale police combined forces to host Citizen Police Academy, providing the community an opportunity to go behind the scenes and experience police work.
Designed to be informative, interesting, thought provoking and fun, Citizen Police Academy is an annual eightweek course for residents 18 and older from Bern, Maidencreek, Muhlenberg and Ontelaunee townships, and Laureldale and Leesport boroughs. Starting on Feb. 13, academy classes are held every Tuesday night at Muhlenberg Township Municipal Building.
The first four weeks dealt with police structure and law enforcement, patrol operations and traffic enforcement/ MCSAP (Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program), vehicle and crimes code. March 6 was about crime scene investigations and criminal investigations. Patrol Sergeant Michael Wiley, assisted by Patrol Sergeant Steve Seidel, both from Bern Township Police, covered Crime Scene Investigations. Detective Ramon Caraballo covered Criminal Investigations.
“Everything we do is to preserve life and maintain safe community for people and sometimes it doesn’t necessarily look like that’s what we are doing, but there’s a good reason as to why,” said Wiley.