Citizen Police Academy canceled |

Citizen Police Academy canceled

Police department drops scheduled program due to lack of interest

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

The Craig Police Department has canceled its spring Citizen Police Academy because of a lack of applications.

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said the department received two applications for the program, which usually sees between eight and 16 resident trainees.

The 10-week program, which was set to start Thursday, covers all aspects of police work, from patrols to investigations, communications, administration and the jail.

This is the first time in several years the academy has been canceled, police reported.

Vanatta said he feels the program is beneficial to not only the community, but to the department as well.

"It gives us a great opportunity (to interact) with our active members of the community," he said. "It not only provides them with information and education on how we do what we do, but also to get feedback from them on what their perceptions are of what we do and what is important to them as community members."

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The free classes are once a week during the program and usually last about three to four hours. The classes do not certify participants as police officers.

The program is also one of the tools the department uses to be more proactive in the community, Vanatta said.

The police chief also said the program gives community members insights into "why we really do what we do, versus just what you see on TV."

The department is planning to reschedule the academy for the fall but has not yet set a start date.

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