There’s still time to apply for the annual Citizens Police Academy to learn more about law enforcement and police work, explore law enforcement as a career, and enhance communication between local officers and residents. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Jan. 22.
The academy is organized by a coalition of local law enforcement agencies, including the Iowa City, Coralville, North Liberty, and University of Iowa Police Departments, and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Classes will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every Monday from Jan. 25 through Apr. 18, 2016 at the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communication Center at 4529 Melrose Avenue in Iowa City. Different topics will be reviewed each week for 12 weeks, including dispatch, crime scene investigation, use of force and defensive tactics, drug investigation, gangs, collision investigation, rescue, K9 officers, SWAT and bomb squads, firearms and tasers, probation and parole, jail alternatives, police officer selection and training, and other subjects.
Applications are available at https://icgov.org/citizenspoliceacademy or from the office of any participating law enforcement agency. Completed application forms, along with a check in the amount of $25 to help cover the costs of materials and supplies, are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 22. To participate, applicants must be at least 16 years of age by Jan. 22.