Sweet Home Citizens Police Academy to start Feb. 16

The Sweet Home Police Department is offering a Citizen’s Police Academy which allows residents of Sweet Home the opportunity to get an in-depth look at how the police department functions as an integral part of the community.

The 11-week course is open to Sweet Home area residents over the age of 18 and will be held for three hours on Wednesday evenings starting Feb. 16.

The class is being coordinated by Community Services Officer Gina Riley. Students will hear from police officers, detectives, members of the district attorney’s staff, probation officers and the Chief, about their role in law enforcement and prosecution.

Classes focus on the department’s role in the community, its purpose, principles, accountabilities, goals, the mission, and objectives but primarily it is an information gathering and sharing agenda. Students will have the opportunity to tour the Sweet Home Police Department, the Linn County Jail and 911 Center and take part in hands on “simulated” crime scene scenario and have the chance to ride along with Sweet Home Police Officers as they perform their daily duties.

Possible topics include a Facility tour and Linn County Jail tour, Patrol/Traffic Team, detectives, judicial system, Parole and Probation Department, major crimes/sex abuse, narcotics/property crimes, defensive tactics, use of force simulator, property/evidence, School Resource Officer/Peer Court and more.

Applications can be picked up at the police department, e-mailed to you or downloaded from the city’s Web site at http://www.sweet-home.or.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=85.

There is an application process that includes a complete criminal background check.

For more information or to request an application for the Citizen’s Academy, contact Gina Riley, Community Services Officer, at the Police Department (541) 367-5181.