KFBB aired a snippet about the Citizens’ Academy coming up soon; it’s a hands-on course for up to 30 residents to learn more about how the Great Falls Police Department operates. Some highlights of the classes: Patrol functions and duties; Weapons training; Detectives; Street Crimes/Gangs; and Support Services/Dispatch. More details about the program:
Participants must be 18 years of age or older. They must be a resident of Great Falls or the surrounding area. The next Academy begins September 10, 2008. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings. Participation requires…one evening a week and two Saturday afternoons for a 9 week period. Participants will meet on Wednesday evenings for three (3) hours, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Saturday afternoon sessions will be from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. In addition, at the participant’s convenience, ride-alongs with a patrol officer may be scheduled.
What else is going on at the GFPD? They’ve got the Explorers, which is a program designed to give teens a first-hand look at law-enforcement; information about the Neighborhood Watch program and Crimestoppers; the notorious Most Wanted list; and of course a helpful FAQ page.
And this is cool: the GFPD has a survey on their site – it allows you to tell the police what you believe are the greatest threats to public safety, your perception of and satisfaction with police services, and other helpful information.
So – a tip o’ the hat to our police department!