Police academy open for enrollment in Midwest City
The Midwest City Citizens Police Academy starts Sept. 6 and slots are filling fast.
MIDWEST CITY — Local law enforcement officials are preparing for their upcoming Citizens Police Academy.
The academy convenes twice a year, and the fall academy is scheduled to begin Sept. 6 and conclude Dec. 6. The classes meet every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. for 13 weeks, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, at the Charles Johnson Building, FOP Lodge and the Police Firing Range.
“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 scenes and gives us a chance to explain our protocol and limitations,” Maj. Robert Cornelison said.
Classes are a mix of classroom lecture and hands-on demonstrations. Activities include hands-on firearms, SWAT team, driving range, bomb squad, police K-9 and crime lab demonstrations, as well as participating in self-defense, mental health and DUI training. The real objective is not to train an individual to be a police officer, but to produce informed citizens.
Anyone who lives or works in Midwest City, or has family members who do, is eligible to participate in the academy, but must be at least 21. Organizers will conduct a background check of participants and those who have committed recent serious crimes will not be allowed into the class.
The Midwest City Police Department's workforce consists of 96 full-time commissioned police officers and 23 civilian personnel.
The class is limited to 28, and space fills up fast. For more information or to apply, call Capt. David Huff at 739-1307 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kay Hunt is a Midwest City public relations specialist.
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