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.