Have you heard about the Citizens Police Academy?
Crime scene investigations, medical examiner duties, officer force, emergency response, underwater recovery and even jail time are all topics taught this year at the Citizens Police Academy at the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office in Paw Paw. Sheriff deputies teach policing methods here with the goal of improved communication between law enforcement officers and county citizens. Eleven sessions, each on Wednesday evenings beginning mid-January, 2018, have been designed specifically to provide you with an insider’s look at law enforcement.
Sheriff Dan Abott, at the county website, said, “I feel this is a very valuable experience we can give to the citizens. In today’s world, it is very important to be transparent and allow the public to look at the world of law enforcement from behind the scenes.”
The Prosecutor’s Office, an FBI Special Agent, a Drug Recognition Expert, and Police K9 Unit personnel are all scheduled to teach as well. In fact the Citizens Police Academy course is just packed with great information — much more than I can list here. See for yourself! Seating is limited however and applications are being accepted now so deliver or mail their form to the County Sheriff, 205 S. Kalamazoo, Paw Paw, MI 49079 to reserve your seat.