Ohio city offers citizen police academies

By Christopher Magan
The Dayton Daily News 

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio Ever wonder what police officers really do all day? The eighth citizen's police academy is a chance to find out.

Beavercreek police are inviting residents interested in the finer points of police work to enroll in the free 12-week course that starts Aug. 30.

"It is a good way to understand the police department, what they do and how they are there to assist; rather then something to be concerned about when you're speeding," said Don Adams.

Adams, a citizen's police academy graduate, is the head of a new alumni association created for residents who finish the program.

The group's role is still a little unclear, but Adams says the spirit is captured in a newly adopted motto: "To serve those who protect."

He hopes academy graduates will be able to volunteer to assist with clerical duties and other responsibilities to free up officers for patrols.

Students who attend the eighth citizen's academy will learn about all aspects of policework including: domestic violence, drug and alcohol laws and firearm safety.

In past classes students also have rode along with patrol officers, Adams said.

"I really enjoyed it," he said. "It gave me a better understanding and appreciation of what the police department does."

Classes begin Aug. 30 and run 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for 12 weeks at the police department, 1388 Research Park Drive.

Only residents who can commit to nine of the 12 sessions should apply. Students must be residents or business owners 18 or older who will submit to a background check.

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