The New Albany and Gahanna police departments are jointly planning a 2017 Citizen Police Academy for their residents who are interested in learning more about what it is like to be a police officer. Those who sign up for this free ten-week course must be 18 or older and plan to attend at least eight of the ten classes. Class times will occur at 7-9 pm every Wednesday from February 1- April 5. Classes will primarily take place at the New Albany public service building (7800 Bevelhymer Road).
“This experience is intended to build lasting relationships between program participants and their respective police departments, reduce crime, and provide a glimpse into why we do what we do,” said New Albany Chief of Police Greg Jones.
The academy will give participants an inside look at the values, philosophies, and operations of their law enforcement service providers while at the same time serving as an open forum for questions, discussion, and the exchange of ideas. Subject-matter experts from both agencies will combine classroom instruction and field exercises on topics such as:
• OVI Enforcement
• Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure
• Firearms Training/Active Shooter Scenarios
• Crime Scene Investigation
• Emergency Dispatching
• Shoot, Don’t Shoot Judgment Scenarios
• Street Drug Identification
This marks the first time that Gahanna’s police department is participating in a citizen police academy. “We are excited to be partnering with New Albany on this outreach program,” said Gahanna’s Chief of Police, Dennis Murphy. “The curriculum is a good introduction to what it is like to be a police officer,and from a police perspective this collaboration with New Albany is in alignment with our community engagement efforts and also with Governor Kasich’s 21st Century Policing objectives.”
From Gahanna’s perspective, this joint initiative is a result of Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland and Safety Director Mark Thomas’ goal to build community/police partnerships throughout our city and beyond. “I am excited for the opportunities this joint Citizen Police Academy will provide to our residents,” said City of Gahanna Safety Director Mark Thomas. “Having been involved as a trainer in several citizen police academies, I observed firsthand the benefits these classes provide, not only to the community but to our officers and the police departments as well.”
Those interested in registering can do so online
at at their earliest convenience and no later than December 31, 2016. Participation is limited to the first 30 registrants for both departments. For more information, call the New Albany Police Department at (614-855-1234) or the Gahanna Police Department at (614-342-4212).