The Tigard Police Department operates an eight week Citizens Police Academy once a year. The Department is presently recruiting interested citizens who want to learn about their police department for the upcoming academy beginning April 7th, 2010. The academy is conducted on eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM at Tigard City Hall; 13125 SW Hall Blvd.
The purpose of the academy is to create better understanding and communication between citizens and police through education. The intent is not to produce citizens trained in law enforcement, but to help citizens better understand their police department. When citizens know and understand the limitations and abilities of law enforcement, the police can then better serve the community.
The academy subject matter covers a wide range of law enforcement topics such as investigations, patrol, training, community policing, gangs, narcotics and firearms. All sessions are conducted by members of the Tigard Police Department. A graduation on June 2nd will conclude this year’s program. To date, 350 community members have participated in previous academies, which have grown to be extremely popular.
Academy graduates leave with increased knowledge and enthusiasm to share the newly learned knowledge with their family, friends and neighbors. Further, some Citizens Police Academy graduates pursue volunteer efforts that closely match their interests. Other graduates have expanded on their interests in law enforcement or other elements of the community.
If you are interested and able to commit to attending most, if not all of the sessions, you are encouraged to apply. A criminal history background check will be conducted to determine eligibility. Apply early as enrollment is limited to 20 participants. Application deadline is March 25th. You can find an application online by visiting our website.
http://www.tigard-or.gov/police/community_policing/police_academy.asp Completed applications can be returned in person to the Tigard Police Department, faxed to
503-718-2645 or mailed. For more information, please call (503) 718-2561 during normal business hours.