Monday, January 25, 2016

Community Police Academy accepting applications


The Seattle Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2016 Spring SPD Community Police Academy (CPA).  The Academy will start on Thursday, March 17th and will meet once a week for eleven consecutive Thursday evenings, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, ending on Thursday, May 26th.   Participation is free.  

The Community Police Academy is an eleven-week program designed to educate community members about the operations of the Seattle Police Department, while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. The purpose of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the Seattle Police Department and the community members of Seattle through education and interaction.

Community participants will become familiar with various facets of the Seattle Police Department and gain insight into law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system and the daily work of police employees. With increased understanding, Seattle's community and police can work together and achieve realistic solutions to neighborhood problems relating to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay. It is hoped that increasing community awareness will respond to some of the myths and images of law enforcement and provide a realistic view of police procedures.

If you are interested in applying, please visit: http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/programs/policeacademy/default.htm   When filling out the application please include a copy of your Driver’s License.  Space is limited and applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.  The application deadline is Friday, February 5, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Olsen at (206) 684-8672 or by e-mail margaret.olsen@seattle.gov

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