Summit County’s law enforcement agencies announced this week they are now accepting applications for the eighth annual Summit County Citizens Police Academy.
Training sessions will be held at various locations throughout the county from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday beginning Sept. 3 through Oct. 15. Additionally, there will be one Saturday session on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The academy was formed as an effort to foster better communication and relationships between citizens and police, according to a joint public safety agency news release. The intent of the academy is not to train citizens to become police officers, but to provide an opportunity for residents to experience first-hand the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement personnel. The goal is to create a nucleus of well-informed citizens who possess greater insight and understanding into law enforcement practices and services.
Instructors will include personnel from the Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco and Silverthorne police departments, as well as the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. The course will cover a broad range of topics including the hiring and training process, internal affairs investigations, Special Weapons and Tactics and use of force, patrol procedures, criminal investigations, traffic stops, a driving under the influence simulation, shooting range instruction and a tour of the jail and courts. The program also includes a mock trial scenario, a tour of the Summit County Communications Center and a session on fire agency response.
Residents interested in participating in this year’s citizen’s police academy can call their local law enforcement agency for an application. Space is limited to 25 people on a first-come, first-served basis.