Thank you for your interest in the Citizens’ Police Academy. The below information should assist you in deciding if you would like to participate.

The purpose of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to develop citizen awareness and understanding of the role of law enforcement in our community and an opportunity for law enforcement to hear from you.

The academy will start February 26th and is ten weeks long with classes being held every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ending on April 30th. The class size is limited to the first 30 applicants’ admitted. Prior attendees may be admitted after all new applicants are processed (if class space is available).

Those eligible to attend must be at least 21 years of age and work or live in the Cowlitz County area. Applicants can have no felony or domestic violence convictions. Misdemeanor arrests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must pass a background check conducted by law enforcement.

Courses include: patrol function, K-9 programs, property crimes, gang enforcement, narcotics investigation, crime prevention, firearms, court process, DUI investigations, traffic law, investigations and defensive tactics.

Participants will be given an opportunity to ride with a patrol officer from one of the agencies for a maximum four-hour period. Participants are required to attend all classes however, the Academy Staff may grant excused absences on a case-by-case basis.

Our commitment is to provide the best possible instruction for each topic. Instructors will include members of the Longview Police, Kelso Police and the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, as well as other members of the local criminal justice community.

Please return your completed application by February 12th 2014, to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office, Kelso Police Department, or the Longview Police Department.

For further information contact:

Deputy Jordan Spencer
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office

Officer Sarah Hoffman
Kelso Police Department

Sgt. Dixie Wells
Longview Police Department

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Last updated: 1/21/2014 7:30:12 AM