Police offer residents inside look at department

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 1:19pm

The Mill Creek Police Department will offer a new six-week Citizens’ Academy in an effort to engage the public in a partnership promoting public safety.

The academy will offer a first-hand look at the day-to-day operations of the department through lectures and hands-on experiences.

Presenters will include police staff, representatives from agencies who commonly assist the police department and community leaders. Each will share their knowledge and experiences to help give residents a more complete understanding of city government, the police department and the criminal justice system.

Police chief Bob Crannell and city manager Steve Nolen developed the program as a step toward building a working partnership with the community.

“Crime is not just a police problem, it’s a community problem,” Crannell said. “Educating our citizens is the first step in creating an essential partnership between police and the community.”

The academy will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Monday for six weeks starting April 23. Course topics will include a department history, community policing, 911, communications, city codes, laws and criminal proceedings, investigations, crime prevention, use of force and officer safety, drugs, gangs and graffiti, and the role of the courts.

A graduation ceremony will take place May 29 and the public is welcome to attend.

Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years old, must have no misdemeanor arrests within six months of application and have no felony arrests or convictions within five years of application. Class size is limited to 30 participants.

Preference will be given to Mill Creek residents and to applications received by Monday, April 9. Applications will be accepted up to the date of the first class on a space-available basis.

Applications are available from Anne Kruger at 425-921-5713. For more information, call Bob Kirk at 425-921-5758.

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