MIDWEST CITY --In an effort to educate Midwest City residents about the on-going work of the Police Department, local law enforcement officials are preparing for their upcoming Citizens Police Academy.
The Midwest City Police Department’s workforce is made up of 96 full time commissioned police officers and 23 civilian personnel. The department consistently strives to increase quality of life issues for the community through education, law enforcement services and leadership.
“Many times, the only contact everyday citizens have with police is when they are the victim of a crime or they are a suspect. The academy allows the public to look behind the so-called ‘secret curtain’ and gives us a chance to explain our protocol and limitations,” said Maj. Robert Cornelison.
The academy convenes twice a year during the fall and spring and the upcoming session will be the 30th session in the history of the program. Currently, the fall academy is scheduled to begin Sept. 6 and conclude Dec. 6. The classes meet every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. for 13 weeks with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Classes are held at the Charles Johnson Building, FOP Lodge and the Police Firing Range.