Citizen academy a sneak peek at police department

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The Craig Police Department is offering residents a chance to get a behind-the-scenes peek at what law enforcement officers do with its annual Citizen Police Academy.

"The basic concept behind this is to bring greater understanding to the community about what we do every day," said Officer Laurie Schulze, who is coordinating the class. "It's hands-on training. (Students) get to get up-close and personal with law enforcement."

The class meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at the Moffat County Public Safety Center, 800 W. First St. The first class is Feb. 1, and the class runs for 11 weeks.

The academy will cover topics such as patrol functions, jail operations, the dispatch center, canine use, Special Response Team, Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotic Enforcement Team, firearms training and evidence/investigations.

Schulze said the opportunity to shoot weapons used by officers is a popular feature of the academy. That chance comes at the final class.

Schulze said the class is a convenient way for residents to learn about law enforcement's roles and responsibilities.

"If anyone has had any desire at all (to learn), this is the perfect environment," she said.

But the academy also benefits the department, Schulze said.

"It is excellent for us because it opens those lines of communication between the citizens and the police department, and that's vital to us," she said.

Schulze said the academy can include between 10 and 15 students. The application process includes a background check.

For more information, or for an application, call Schulze at 826-2360.

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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