Thursday, April 18, 2013

Citizens Academy Offers Behind-the-Scenes of Policing

April 18, 2013

CSI. Law and Order. Cold Case. Castle. As anyone who clicks through an average week of network television can tell you – our culture is fascinated with police work. For those so enthralled - a great opportunity to learn about the operations of the Richmond Police Department is at hand.

The Department will offer a free four-week Citizen Police Academy for those interested in learning about Richmond Police community policing strategies and law enforcement-related topics. There will be eight, two-and-a-half hour classes held twice a week every Tuesday and Thursday, beginning June 4 through July 2. Classes will be 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Police Training Academy, 1202 W. Graham Road. The academy will culminate the ninth session with a graduation ceremony. This will be the Department’s 16th Citizen Police Academy.

“The Department has specialized units, varied disciplines and passionate professionals working every day to protect and enhance the quality of life in Richmond,” Citizen Police Academy coordinator GiTonya Parker said. “With a quick phone call a citizen can register to be immersed in the exciting world of police work. So put down the remote and pick up the phone!”

The Citizen Police Academy sessions are diverse and range from the Department’s organizational structure to forensics, criminal investigation, narcotics and firearms. Anyone who lives or works in Richmond can attend the academy. You must be at least 18 years old with no felony convictions. Misdemeanor convictions will be reviewed and considered by Chief Ray J. Tarasovic.

Those interested can register by calling the Community Care Unit at 646-7648.  The deadline to register is May 24. Space is limited.