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In an effort to strengthen ties between police officers and the community, the Pocatello Police Department is opening registration for its Citizen Police Academy.
The program is designed to give community members an overview of services provided by the Pocatello Police department and to gain insight in to the complexities of law enforcement. Chief Scott Marchand said he hopes it fosters a positive citizen-police relationship which is critical to the department’s ability to fight crime. “It’s crucial that our community understand the daily challenges of law enforcement,” states Chief Marchand. The classes provides community members with “hands on” experience and the chance to talk with officers.
Classes will begin Tuesday, April 4th and conclude on May 17th. The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 pm to 9 pm plus, Saturday April 30th, from 9 am to noon and Saturday May 7th, from 9 am to noon. Graduation will be at the end of the last class on May 17th.
Course topics include: Patrol Procedures, Dispatch, Crime Prevention, Defensive Tactics and Use of Force, Crime Scene Investigations, Evidence Collection, Traffic Stops, Firearms Training, Emergency Vehicle Operation, and Explosive Breaching. There will be interactive, hands-on opportunities in some of the classes that should be lots of fun for participants.
Citizen Police Academy students are selected through an application process and will undergo a background check. Thirty people will be selected for the class. Applications can be submitted on the Pocatello Police Department’s website at www.pocatello.us/police .The form can be printed out and submitted to the Police Department at 911 N. 7th Ave or mailed to Pocatello Police Department, PO Box 2877, Pocatello, ID 83206. Applications are also available in the lobby of the Police department. If you have questions, please call the Community Services Division at 234-6117. Applications will be accepted until the class is full.
The Police department building is accessible to persons with disabilities. Interpreters for persons with hearing impairments and/or taped information for persons with visual impairments can be provided upon three (3) days’ notice. For accessibility arrangements, please contact ADA Coordinator Dave Hunt at voice phone 208-234-6248; Fax 208-233-5149; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; mailing address P. O. Box 4169, Pocatello, ID 83205-4169; or physical address 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.