In today’s day and age, police work and police departments are a topic that the public has long been fascinated with, and curious about.
But the world depicted on television and in movies differs vastly from the real-life challenges faced by law enforcement every day on America’s streets. Too often, unfortunately, this difference can lead to misunderstandings between the police and the citizens they serve.
In an effort to give citizens a clear picture of the day-to-day world of the police officer, the Fullerton Police Department is gearing up to host its tenth “Citizen Police Academy” starting March 7.
The 10-week course “will expose participants to the many faces of police work in their community,” explained Fullerton Police Acting Chief Dan Hughes. “Participants will gain an overall knowledge of the Fullerton Police Department, how it’s organized, how it serves the community, and they will learn about the men and women behind the badge.”
Hughes emphasized the course is not meant to train people to become police officers; rather, “it is intended to improve communication and understanding between the community and the department.”
The classes, which will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Wednesdays at the department, will be taught by personnel from all areas of the agency, including patrol officers, detectives, dispatchers, and managers. Topics include patrol operations, criminal investigations, crime scene investigations, SWAT, narcotics, high-tech crimes, personnel investigations, public information, and more.
The Citizen’s Police Academy also serves as a pre-requisite for FPD’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The RSVP program is a place where people 55 and over can volunteer at various jobs throughout the department in order to serve their community. The RSVP program currently has 19 members working in records, investigation, traffic, the front desk, and patrol. They perform an invaluable service to the department and the community.
A graduation ceremony will be held at the conclusion of the training.
Participants must be at least 21 years old, and must live, work or attend school in Fullerton.
Participants must complete an application, which may be obtained at the Fullerton Police Department, 237 W. Commonwealth Ave.
Participants may be interviewed by department personnel, and a background check will be conducted. Applicants may not have any outstanding warrants, pending criminal cases or felony convictions
Applications and further information may be obtained by calling the Community Services Department at the Fullerton Police Department at (714) 738-6836.
Persons requiring special accommodations to participate in the academy are asked to notify the department staff at the time of registration.