News and Tribune

January 17, 2014

Jeff PD announces ‘citizens police academy’

12-week classes to be offered in 2015


JEFFERSONVILLE — It won’t be citizens on patrol, but the Jeffersonville Police Department certainly wants the public to feel comfortable with the boys in blue.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore announced Friday the establishment of a Citizens Police Academy, which city officials say will allow residents the opportunity to learn more about the issues that face law enforcement.

“This is a new and exciting program that will help foster better understanding and community support for our police department,” Moore said. “It’s one of many ways our department’s commitment to building partnerships with residents and neighborhoods it serves. If we want our neighborhoods to be safe, it’s important that citizens become active partners with our police department.”

The program will be conducted during 12-week periods in the spring and fall of 2015. Classes will be two-and-a-half hours in length and free, but will be limited to 16 people per session to provide each participant with time to interact with law enforcement personnel, according to a city press release.

The classes will be given at the new Jeffersonville Police Department headquarters, which is expected to be completed in August.

“Our new police headquarters will belong to the citizens of Jeffersonville who have funded it,” said Police Chief Chris Grimm. “Our new facility will have more space so we can offer community programs like the Citizens Police Academy.”

Citizens Police Academy classes will meet weekly, and will cover a total of 17 course topics over the 12-week period. Topics include criminal law, traffic law, crime scene processing and SWAT, Grimm said.

The program is meant to help bridge the divide between citizens and police, the chief said.

“Citizens can be an asset to the police when they are educated and informed,” Moore added. “This new program will allow neighborhood leaders to learn how they can become true and effective partners to help our police department keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Graduates of the Citizens Police Academy will receive a plaque and a golf shirt presented at a banquet at the conclusion of the program. Those interested in attending Citizens Police Academy will be provided with an application on Dec. 1.