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Citizen Police Academy welcomes applicants
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Applications are now being accepted for the next Citizen Police Academy offered by McMinnville Police Department. Pictured is police detective Stuart Whitman during Range Day, a class on weapons.

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Citizen Police Academy. The class begins Thursday, Sept. 19, but applications must be submitted by Sept. 12.

The sessions are free and offered by McMinnville Police Department as a way to build police and community relationships.

With space limited, enrollment is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“The class usually fills up fast,” said Deputy Chief Mike Lane. “We can only take about 25 so get those applications in as soon as possible.”

Classes will be offered each Thursday night, from Sept. 22 thru Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. Among other items on the agenda for this session are processing crime scenes, police officer ride along, firearms with a visit to the firing range, narcotics investigation, and SWAT team procedures.

McMinnville Police Department believes education is very effective in gaining understanding and support from the community. The seven-week course offers hands-on experience about the day-to-day activities associated with law enforcement in an effort to bridge the relationship gap between the police department and the citizens it serves. 

McMinnville Police Department officers are the instructors. Lane says the academy is fulfilling its intention. “The academy has become a main part of McMinnville Police Department’s community policing effort,” said Lane. “We have fun offering the classes and citizens have fun taking them. It has definitely bolstered the relationship between citizens of our community and the police.”

Applications may be picked up at McMinnville Police Department on Red Road, or by visiting the Police Department’s website. They must be submitted to the Police Department on or before Sept. 12. For more information, call Lane at 473-3808.