|The Joplin Police Department has announced the dates for the upcoming spring session of the Citizens Police Academy, an exciting 12-week program for people in the Joplin area who want to learn more about the department. Offered FREE of charge, this hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program is taught by experienced police officers who share their unique perspective on law enforcement.
Topics 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.
The classes, held at various locations throughout Joplin, will be held every Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m. starting February 20, 2014 and ending on May 15 with a graduation ceremony and dinner.
Class size will be limited to approximately 25 participants. Qualified applicants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.
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.
"Given our commitment to the community and proactive problem-solving, we see the Citizens Police Academy as an effective way of bringing law enforcement and the public together in an informal, educational forum. The benefits of such a partnership can only help strengthen the entire community in terms of public safety and quality of life," Henderson added.
Interested persons are encouraged to contact the Special Enforcement Bureau of the Joplin Police Department at (417) 627-8880, or submit the application found here.