2014 Citizens Police Academy Starting April 30

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Since 2009 the Rockford Police Department has been engaging the community by offering a Citizen’s Police Academy.

The mission of the Citizens Police Academy is to build cooperative relationships between citizens and the police through training and education. The police academy produces a network of informed citizens who can return to their neighborhoods to organize, encourage and mobilize others, to partner with police in reducing crime in Rockford.

The success of the Citizens Police Academy has led to the formation of the Citizens Assisting Police (CAP) volunteer program in 2010 and has contributed to over 15,000 hours of volunteer service to the Rockford Police Department. Volunteers can be an important part of any organization and are proven to be a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies.

Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery, and information input, and they provide new program opportunities. In addition, volunteers can bring new skills and expertise to the job and prompt new enthusiasm.

The Rockford Police Department has trained over 200 citizens since 2009 and has 32 active police volunteers.

The Citizens Police Academy is a free 8 week course on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. starting April 30, 2014 and lasting until June 18, 2014. Classes meet at the Rockford Police Department.

The Rockford Police officers and personnel from various divisions will present problem‐solving strategies for non‐police officers to learn more about
the police department and criminal justice system.

Classes include:

- Organization Structure of the Rockford Police Department
- Community Policing
- How to Report a Crime
- Meet your District Commander
- Criminal Investigations
- Laws of Arrest
- Gangs and Narcotics
- Crime Scene Processing

To register, visit: www.rockfordil.gov/police and scroll down to the Citizens Police Academy logo.

Print and fill out the application and email the application back to Sgt. Redd or send by mail to the address below.

For an application contact:

Sgt. Carla Redd at:
Telephone: 815‐987‐5041
Rockford Police Department
420 West State Street
Rockford Illinois 61101

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