By The Leader Staff
The 2016 Citizens Academy class.
The 2016 Citizens Academy class.

Starting Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. the next edition of the Lemoore Police Department Citizens’ Academy will be offering class again, each Wednesday night for a total of eight weeks.

The Citizens' Academy began in 1997 and was created to develop a strong partnership between community members and the Lemoore Police Department. Through the Academy, our police department is truly open to the community, and increased trust and understanding become possible through openness and education.

The Academy allows participants to experience conditions like the training officers receive and exposes participants to the daily operational duties of police officers.

The Lemoore Citizens' Academy is taught by department members, each highlighting an individual area of expertise. During the eight-week academy, citizens learn about officer survival, crime scene investigation, DUI enforcement, use-of-force issues, records and dispatch, as well as narcotics and surveillance.

Academy members ride along in a patrol car at least once to experience firsthand the activities police officers routinely are exposed to and how they handle each situation. There is no cost to the citizen to attend the academy, just a commitment to attend all required classes.

The Lemoore Police Department offers two academies each year and is open to the general public.  For more information about the Lemoore Citizens' Academy, please call 924-9574 or 925-6877.