Ci­ti­zens Po­lice Acad­emy ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/FYI -

Ap­pli­ca­tions are will be ac­cepted through Jan. 31 for the 2019 Ci­ti­zens Po­lice Acad­emy.

The weekly classes will be held on Tues­days be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. Feb. 19, pro­vid­ing an in-depth look at what the Hot Springs po­lice and Gar­land County sher­iff’s de­part­ments do on a daily ba­sis, a news re­lease said.

The 10-week course is of­fered free of charge to all Gar­land County res­i­dents 18 years of age or older, with no phys­i­cal re­quire­ments.

A news re­lease said it is a mu­tual com­mu­ni­ca­tion and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with the goal to demon­strate to local res­i­dents the func­tions of area law en­force­ment and, at the same time, learn from ci­ti­zens about im­por­tant is­sues and con­cerns within the com­mu­nity.

The last­ing re­la­tion­ships formed through the acad­emy help en­able fu­ture part­ner­ships to achieve mu­tual goals, it said.

The acad­emy’s team of in­struc­tors in­cludes po­lice of­fi­cers and other spe­cial­ized law en­force­ment per­son­nel who pro­vide in-depth dis­cus­sions and demon­stra­tions about their in­di­vid­ual ar­eas of ex­per­tise. The cur­ricu­lum re­tains all of the core el­e­ments es­sen­tial for ci­ti­zens to gain a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of po­lice op­er­a­tions so they can make more in­formed judg­ments about their po­lice de­part­ment, the re­lease said.

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