|The spring session of the Joplin Citizens Police Academy will take place from March 7 until May 30, 2013, according to an announcement by the Joplin Police Department. The 12-week program hosted by the police department targets people in the Joplin area who want to get a hands-on, behind the scenes view of the department's operations. The program, taught by experienced police officers who share their unique perspective on law enforcement, is offered free of charge.
Classes will be held every Thursday night from 6:30-9 p.m. A graduation ceremony and dinner will take place on the final session.
Limited to about 25 participants, classes will be held at various locations throughout the city. Topics covered will include: crime scene investigations, narcotics investigations, child abuse investigations, traffic crash investigations, vehicle stops, SWAT operations and equipment, use of force tactics, building clearing, DWI enforcement, and an introduction to the K9 unit.
Why the Citizens Police Academy?
The concept of the Citizens Police Academy involves opening the Joplin Police Department to the public, and showing citizens exactly what we do and how we do it, said Cpl. Brian Henderson. As a result, graduates of the Citizens Police Academy are better equipped to assess safety issues and share with others their knowledge of law enforcement practices and policies.
Interested persons are encouraged to contact the Special Enforcement Bureau of the Joplin Police Department at (417) 627-8880, or submit an application found here. Mail the completed application to: Joplin Police Department Special Enforcement Bureau, 115 E. 34th Street, Joplin, MO 64804 or FAX it here: 417-(627) 8882.