Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

POUGHKEEPSIE – On May 16, 2017, 13 participants graduated from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department’s first Citizen’s Police Academy.

The ten-week academy met on Tuesday’s from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and consisted of classroom instruction and practical exercises.

Citizen’s Police Academy GraduationThe program offered participants an insight into how police officers perform their duties and serve the community.  The goal of the program was to create a better understanding, enhance communication, and develop a partnership between the citizens and police through education.  Participants gained an appreciation of the problems and challenges facing law enforcement and had an opportunity to discuss these issues with the officers.  Academy participant, Robert Simpson, stated “After taking this course, I now realize that I actually had no idea just how difficult it must be (to be a police officer).  Having the opportunity to take an inside look at the workings of our police department was both educating and rewarding.”

Chief Ronald Spero expressed his gratitude to the participants who took time out of their busy lives to learn more about their police department.  Chief Spero stated “the academy was a great forum to better educate the community on the many dynamics of modern policing and also gave officers the chance to learn from the community they serve in a positive way.

The instructors for the academy were certified police instructors from the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department that covered various topics including patrol functions, criminal investigations and crime scene processing, accident investigation, use of force, special weapons and tactics team, crisis negotiations, firearms simulator course, and K-9.

The Citizen’s Police Academy was open to Town of Poughkeepsie residents and persons owning a business in the Town that were 19 years of age or older.  With the success of the first citizen’s academy, the police department will be offering it again in early 2018.

The next opportunity offered by the police department, similar to this program, will be the Youth Police Academy on June 26-30, 2017.  This one-week program is 40-hours and is open to students who are town residents, entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade.

For more information on this program, go to www.townpolice.net or contact the Town of Poughkeepsie Juvenile Division at 845-485-3688.



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