Bismarck Police Department to Host Citizen Police Academy in September
The Bismarck Police Department is putting on a Citizen Police Academy in September.
Starting in September, the Bismarck Police Department will put on an 11-week class that will teach people about being a police officer. Each week, Citizen Police Academy students will get an in-depth look at what each division of the department does.
WHAT: Citizen Police Academy
WHEN: Thursdays from September 9 to November 18
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Bismarck Police Department
700 South 9th Street, Bismarck
What will students see and do at Citizen Police Academy?
- Support Services (Background/ Admin) - Learn what officers who are not in the patrol cars do.
- Chief of Police - Chief Dave Draovitch will speak to the class.
- Patrol - Learn about what officers in patrol cars do.
- Special Operations
- Juvenile Services
- Hands-on - Learn weapons and firearms safety as well as shoot firearms. Also see how evidence is handled. Sergeant Wardzinski will teach the weapons portion.
- "You Make the Call" - Students can act as an officer and "make the call" in different situations.
I spoke with officer Caitlin Horn about what a Citizen Police Academy was like, and she told me that it is always an impactful class. She said that, whether the student is a military person or someone who is not the biggest fan of police officers, the experience is eye-opening.
If you are interested in seeing a glimpse into the world of Bismarck Police officers with the Citizen Police Academy, you can fill out the application on the Bismarck Police Department City website.
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