The Bellefontaine Police Department is currently accepting registrations for the Citizens’ Police Academy’s Class 12, which begins a 10-week session Feb. 1.
The classes take place Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the police department’s training room, 135 N. Detroit St.
The Citizens’ Police Academy gives participants an opportunity to learn about the day-to-day operations of the Bellefontaine Police Department.
Officers and staff conduct training in areas of their own expertise. Topics covered in the class include: K9 unit, criminal investigations, crime scene investigations, patrol procedures and equipment, traffic law and operations, criminal law, drone usage, Special Response Team, crime prevention, drug investigations, firearms safety and range, DARE and school resource officers.
Tours of the police station, Logan County Jail, and 911 center are part of the class as well.
“The participants gain a practical view of policing and its complexity in these changing times,” BPD officials said. “They obtain a new and informed understanding of the law enforcement profession.”
Participants must be at least 18 years old, and a resident of Bellefontaine or affiliated with a Bellefontaine business or organization. A criminal history check will be conducted and applicants must not have any felony convictions.
To download an application, visit ci.bellefontaine.oh.us/citizens-police-academy.html
For more information, e-mail akennedy or dwalters, or call (937) 599-1010.