The Westerville Division of Police (WPD) continues its commitment to fostering open communication between law enforcement and the citizens they serve. This August, they will hold a 12-week Citizen Police Academy (CPA), giving residents an unprecedented look into the daily operations and duties of a police officer.
The CPA is an extension of the WPD’s ongoing community education efforts, aiming to demystify the role of law enforcement and empower citizens with knowledge about the intricacies of the police department. In return, the officers benefit from the insights and perspectives citizens bring about the issues facing their communities.
About the Program
The program will run every Thursday from August 10 to October 27, with each session taking place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Westerville Justice Center, located at 229 Huber Village Blvd.
The CPA is open and free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older. Participants must attend at least nine of the 12 sessions to graduate from the program.
Although preference is given to citizens who live and work in the City of Westerville, anyone interested in learning about law enforcement or considering a career in the field is encouraged to apply. However, it’s worth noting that the WPD will conduct a criminal record and driving status check on each applicant, and reserves the right to deny acceptance to those with a criminal history.
What to Expect
The CPA curriculum, facilitated by certified police instructors and officers, covers a variety of topics including organizational structure, drug investigation, traffic enforcement, patrol operations and equipment, crime prevention, community engagement, the ‘use of force’ policy, animal control, 911 communication center operations, officer training, search and seizure, community programs, tactical unit/SWAT operations, and the recruitment and hiring process.
Students will also participate in interactive activities such as mock building searches and simulated traffic stops, providing them with a practical understanding of law enforcement work.
The CPA’s Impact
The academy hopes that graduates will take the knowledge they’ve acquired back to their communities, educating others, and creating stronger, more informed connections between the residents of Westerville and their police force.
The Citizen Police Academy represents an invaluable opportunity for Westerville residents to understand and engage with local law enforcement, and to play an active role in making their city a safer, more harmonious place to live.
Those interested in participating in the upcoming Citizen Police Academy should complete the online application (can be accessed here). For additional information, contact the Community Services Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (614) 901-6860.