Westfield Police Dept.’s Citizens’ academy seeks fall participants

The 2014 fall session of the Westfield Police Dept.’s Citizens’ Academy will begin Sept. 4. This program gives attendees the opportunity to get to see some of what happens behind the scenes and learn about all different aspects of the department.

The Citizen’s Academy is an 11-week program for Westfield residents to receive firsthand experience in various aspects of police work. The class meets once a week at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from Sept. 4 through Nov. 20.

Participants will tour the county jail, dispatch and training center and learn about patrol and investigation operations. They also get to participate in evidence processing, emergency driving, patrol stops, firearms training, defense tactics, Taser and K9 demonstrations, and active shooter simulations.

To participate, one must be a Westfield resident at least 21 years old with no criminal record. Applications, which may be found online at http://bit.ly/1chwdMz, are due by Aug. 28. Space is limited. Any applications submitted after the deadline will be held for the next session.

Completed application may be e-mailed to astaley@westfield.in.gov. For more information, call 804-3200.