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Insight from WFPD: Participants sought for Citizens Police Academy

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opinion Fargo, 58102

Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

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.

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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.

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