Citizens Police Academy
May 21, 2012
Have you ever wondered about police work…like who does what, when, and why? Well, there’s a way for you to find answers to all your questions.
I am midway through a twelve week course provided by the Grain Valley Police Department. The official name of the course is the 2012 Grain Valley Citizens Police Academy. Our group toured the police department the first evening of classes. We’ve already heard some very informed speakers and discussed some interesting topics. Some of our speakers have been uniformed officers: a KCMO SWAT team member, School Resource Officers, and a Crime Victim Advocate. Specialists in narcotics, gangs, firearms, and explosives have shared some of their experiences with us. We’ve even witnessed a K-9 police attack (staged, of course).
Some of my classmates have signed up to do a ride-along with an on-duty police officer. Evidently, that’s a real eye opener!
We have much more to learn from these classes. Two exciting evenings yet to come are class participation in a mock crime scene and a firearm safety class.
When I finish the academy classes, I will receive a certificate of completion. After graduating from the academy, I will be eligible to join the Volunteers in Police Service. There are a variety of duties I will be qualified to perform at this point.
It’s easy to sign up for this course. Check with Grain Valley (or your local) Police Department. There is a form to fill out and return to the station. You will hear back from the class instructor after submission of your form. He’ll tell you if you qualify and when the next class starts.
I have learned so much during these classes. I’ve also met several genuinely kind and helpful members of the law enforcement agencies of the Metro area.
Blue Springs South Branch