Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sign Up For the Citizens Academy!

Sign up for the 2012 Rock County Area Law Enforcement Citizens Academy!  The Citizens Academy is a great way to learn more about law enforcement.  Read the recent press release below from Lt. John Conger of the Milton Police Department and Sgt. Doug Coulter of the Rock County Sheriff's Office.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Milton Police Department are once again proud to jointly sponsor and announce the acceptance of applications for the 2012 Rock County Area Law Enforcement Citizens Academy. The agencies are sponsoring the 2012 Citizens Academy together as part of a joint-venture that allows citizens from throughout Rock County to learn more about the day-to-day activities of the law enforcement profession, and how as citizens they can actively partner with regional law enforcement agencies to help keep Rock County safe. 

The Citizens Academy is an 8-week, interactive program that meets once a week, and provides citizens a “hands-on” experience in learning about what it is like to be a law enforcement officer. The course includes various courses of instruction in emergency vehicle operations, firearms training, defense and arrest tactics and allows citizens to be active learners and partners with police officers and deputies as they observe, learn and participate in the various duties performed by deputies at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and officers of the Milton Police Department. The class is not for any certification purposes, but rather informational in nature and provides an opportunity for learning and positive interaction between our law enforcement professionals and the citizens we serve. 

The 2012 Citizens Academy will begin on the final Thursday night in March, and will be held every Thursday evening from 6:30-9:00 p.m. until graduation night which takes place during the third week in May. Instructors for the class are law enforcement professionals from both the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Milton police department. Those who complete the academy will be rewarded with a greater sense of understanding of what law enforcement officers do, how to partner with local law enforcement to keep their community safe, and a certificate of course completion and a T-Shirt presented to them on graduation night. The program’s expense has been generously funded by private donations obtained and accepted from previous graduating academy classes, as well as the Milton Police Department Crime Prevention Fund. 

Applications for the 2012 Citizens Academy will be accepted beginning on January 16, 2012. Deadline for class registration is February 10th, 2012. Class registration is limited to 35 participants. Applications may be obtained in person at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office or at the City of Milton Police Department. In an effort to contain program costs, applications will not be mailed out and must be picked up in person. Phone inquiries about the program may be directed to either Sgt. Doug Coulter at the Rock County Sheriff’s Office at 757-7941 or Lt. John Conger at the Milton Police Department at 868-6910, ext. 225.