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 8,000 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 more than 125 citizen since 2009 and has 25
active police volunteers.
If you're interested in learning more about the Rockford Police Department, the Citizens Police Academy may be the course for you.
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:
The course is FREE and lasts 8 weeks from March 27, 2013 to May 15, 2013. The class is held on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Classes meet at the Rockford Police Department.
To register online visit www.rockfordil.gov/police or for an application contact Sgt. Carla Redd by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 815-987-5041.