Are you writing about police officers in your mysteries and thrillers? Need an inside look at your local Police Department?
Participating in a Citizen’s Police Academy might be just what you need!
Citizen’s Police Academies (CPAs) were created to build a bridge between the community and law enforcement and to educate the public about the behind-the-scenes with police officers. Many cities offer the Citizen’s Police Academy, with a few restrictions on age, felony records, and where you live and work. Each CPA is a little different but they generally include a training program of both classroom and “hands-on” instruction, with tours of facilities, equipment demonstrations, and presentations by current officers in the field. Some of the areas covered are:
• K-9 Unit
• Tactical Operations Unit (SWAT Team)
• Patrol Operations
• Criminal Investigations
• Drug Enforcement
• Gang Enforcement
• Traffic Laws
• D.U.I. Laws
• Firearms Safety and Orientation
Perhaps the best way to see how cool participating in a CPA can be is checking out this video from the Marana Police Department.
Here are some of the Arizona-based Citizen’s Police Academies. Just because your city is not listed, doesn’t mean they don’t have one, so make sure you investigate their website to be sure.
Plus, the FBI and Maricopa County Attorney’s Office have their own version of a Citizen’s Academy.
Should you get the opportunity to participate in any of these, be sure to send us a little bit about your experience for the newsletter, maybe with a photo or two.