The West Fargo Police Department is now accepting applications for the fall session of the Citizens Police Academy which will begin on Thursday, September 23, at 7 p.m., at the West Fargo Police Department.
This 12-week program is designed to increase the understanding between the West Fargo Police Department and the citizens served.
Ten years ago the department took on the challenge of developing a program that would open the doors of the police department to the citizens they serve. The vision was to educate the citizens about the day-to-day operations, their responsibilities within the community and the many different tasks they are challenged with on a daily basis.
Offered in both the spring and fall free of charge, the program is designed to increase understanding between the citizens and the police through lectures and hands-on training sessions that introduce the citizens to several police topics including: investigations, registered offenders in our community, SWAT and bomb teams, DUI's, traffic stops, drug enforcement, firearms, the Cass County jail, defensive tactics, ride-alongs and much more.
Over 200 citizens have already participated in the program and the positive response has been wonderful.
Comments from previous participants include:
"West Fargo Citizens Police Academy is an educational course that I would recommend to everyone. The course taught us about personal safety, safe guarding our homes and being aware of our surroundings. We saw many aspects of law enforcement, giving us a greater understanding on how the department serves our community. Twelve weeks may seem like a long time, but it goes by so quickly and you want more. Kudos's to the West Fargo Police Department for offering this program."
Applications are available on the website: www.westfargopolice.com and also at the West Fargo Police Department.
Applicants must be at least 20 years of age.
Anyone with questions can contact Officer Jorgensen at 433-5500.