CITIZENíS-POLICE ACADEMY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
There are still openings in this fallís class. For the past nine years the Marshall Police Department, with the help of area public safety and criminal justice agencies, has held a Police-Citizenís Academy. Over 250 area residents have completed the program over the years. The program has always gotten very positive reviews from those attend, believing that the commitment to participate was very worthwhile.
The Academy provides community members with an inside look at local policing. Area public safety and criminal justice agencies will also be presented. Topics range from criminal law to use of force to learning what illicit drugs and gang activity is occurring in our area. Overviews of the various agencies and what they do in Marshall are presented. Activities include shooting a handgun, viewing the response to a mock accident and then the resulting mock trial. Participants also ride-along with Marshall Police personnel. Departmental personnel and guest instructors from the various disciplines teach academy classes. Participants will have a chance to meet departmental members as well as the instructors from a wide variety of related agencies in the Marshall area.
Meeting approximately every other week, the 9-session Academy is designed to give citizens an overview of the departmentís functions and procedures while providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns relating to the Marshall community. However, the Academy is not designed to train the participants to perform any police services.
Another Police-Citizenís Academy will be starting soon and the public is invited to apply for the program. This year the Academy is meeting primarily on Tuesdays, starting August 28th and ending November 20th, 2007.
There is a fee to cover the cost of a snacks, a t-shirt, notebook and handout materials. This fee is $42 for pre-registration and $47 at or after the first night. To attend the session you must be 18 or older, live or work in the City of Marshall, have no felony or numerous misdemeanor convictions and not have close associations with convicted offenders.
A registration form is also listed on the City's web site at www.marshallmn.com, in the Citizenís Academy section in the Public Safety Division. Applications can be mailed to or dropped at the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center, 611 W. Main Street, Marshall. Contact Rob Yant at 507/537-7000, extension 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org to answer any questions that you have about the program.
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everyone interested in attending the Marshall Police-Citizenís Academy
to register as soon as possible and I hope see you on August 28th.
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