It's the first citizens academy planned in Snohomish in recent memory, Police Chief John Flood said. People who take the class will learn about how local government works, including the police and fire departments.
Police hope the academy also will generate interest in the city's fledgling Neighborhood Watch program, especially in the northern parts of town, Flood said. About nine groups have signed up so far, mostly in the downtown area.
"We're trying to connect the various communities in the city," Flood said. "We need the public's help in order to make the neighborhoods safer."
Academy participants must be 18 and pass a background check. The schedule still is being worked out, but they can expect a commitment of several hours a week for about 13 weeks.
About 20 spots are available, with priority given to people who live in city limits.
The location is tentative. Applications are due by the end of July .
Snohomish police also are encouraging neighborhood groups to plan safety-themed block parties for National Night Out in August. Groups can register with the police department and get help with organizing their block parties, Flood said.
"We want to come by and say hi, as well as the fire department," he said.
For more information about the citizens academy, Neighborhood Watch or National Night Out in Snohomish, call the police department at 360-568-0888.
Rikki King: 425-339-3449; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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