Help Stop Crime With Upcoming Kirkland Police Citizens Academy

The free eight-week program teaches residents what police do in a hands-on way and how they can help prevent and solve local crime.


In an effort to teach citizens what officers do and how they can help prevent and solve crimes, the Kirkland Police Department is inviting residents to participate in its eight-week Citizens Academy beginning Sept. 26.

“Most people find it an eye-opener,” said Audra Weber, the Kirkland Police Department’s neighborhood resources officer. “Basically, it’s an opportunity to educate citizens and build a positive relationship with police.”

The free program is taught by officers and other personnel from the Kirkland Police Department and is comprehensive, covering patrol training, investigations, K-9 unit operations, use of force issues and firearms. Each week’s instruction covers a different topic and includes lectures, demonstrations, scenarios or tours, with plenty of hands-on time for participants.

“The program gives people maybe a little bit better idea of what to look for,” Weber said. “The coolest thing ever for would be to drive up and catch like, a burglar walking out the door with a television. But that almost never happens. Usually we find out because a neighbor has called us. This program shows people what we look for and what’s important in being a good witness.”

Participants must be at least 21 years old, must live or work in Kirkland and have no felony convictions.

The classes are conducted each Wednesday evening from 6-9 beginning Sept. 26 until Nov. 14. The deadline to apply is Sept. 7. For details or to fill out an application, click here.


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