Kicking off their third Citizens Police Academy as a part of their ongoing work to strengthen positive relationships between community members and local law enforcement, Frankfort police officers invite interested residents and those who work in Frankfort to apply for the 2017 Academy class.
According to Program Coordinator Captain Jake Myers, applications to the Academy can be picked up at the Police Department at 201 West Washington Street Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. with the submission deadline being Friday, August 25 by 3:00 p.m.
“Having graduated a total of 30 citizens from our last two sessions of the Academy, we are looking forward to another energized class of participants. The group will meet every Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. beginning September 14 to November 9 at the Police Department and other locations officers train at and frequent..
“Participants will have the opportunity to get a hands-on perspective and practical simulation of what Frankfort officers and staff do every day. We are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and practical job experience to continue building the positive communications and relationships with those we serve,” Myers said.
This year’s program will conclude with a formal graduation ceremony on Thursday November 16. Participants must attend eight of the nine weekly classes to successfully complete the program and be eligible to graduate.
There is no cost to participate in the Academy, with participants required to be at least 18 years old and either be Frankfort residents or work in Frankfort. Proof of residency or local employment is required.
A basic background check will be done on each applicant as part of the selection process and those chosen will be asked to sign all required waivers or agreements.
Myers will lead the program with several Frankfort officers, law enforcement officials from other agencies and officials in the judicial system assisting with courses during the nine-week initiative. Course topics will include, but not be limited to investigations, traffic stops, use of force, court procedures, active shooter situations, and patrol.
In addition, Academy participants will gain insight into the relationship Frankfort police have with Clinton County Central Dispatch, Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton County SWAT and the court system.
Life-long Frankfort resident and 2016 Academy graduate Christyl Lane was interested in gaining a different perspective of how police officers operate.
“I learned quite a bit about officers’ jobs. In addition to their primary roles, many are involved in other Department initiatives, such as the SWAT team. I enjoyed getting to know some of the officers who taught the courses and appreciate they are regular people doing a special job,” Lane said. “If anyone is considering applying for this year’s Academy, the weekly time commitment is definitely worthwhile.”
Another 2016 Academy graduate 17-year-resident Pastor Alfonso Suarez wanted to participate in the Citizens Police Academy to form his own opinion about police officers.
“I wanted to learn how officers think, behave and talk in their jobs. I also wanted to ask them questions to build a better relationship with them. I learned they are very professional, very friendly and work hard doing their jobs just like all of us do.
“I encourage anyone thinking about participating in this year’s Citizens Police Academy to do so with an open mind, to learn from the courses and ask questions. I’ve continued my positive relationship with officers even after graduating from the Academy,” Suarez said.
Any questions regarding the Academy should be directed to Myers at 765-654-4245.