A behind-the-scenes look at police work with the Citizens Police Academy in Whitby

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Published July 28, 2022 at 10:14 am

You can be assured the Durham Region Police Citizens’ Police Academy will NOT be slap-stick comedy programming, but it is a certainty you will learn something about police work.

Who knows? You might even have a lot of fun.

If you’ve ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at DRPS, the Citizens Police Academy might be just what you’re looking for.

Durham Police will host its second Citizens’ Police Academy this fall, with classes in the 10-week program running from September 21 until November 23, with weekly classes taking place Wednesdays from 7-9:30 p.m.

The program will give attendees the opportunity to see first-hand what police officers do and how they do it, with an introduction to various police departments and their community partners. The academy will include demonstrations, presentations and voluntary participant interactions. Topics will include:

  • DRPS organizational structure
  • Use of Force training
  • Traffic Services Branch demonstration
  • Member panel (a day in the life of DRPS members)
  • Recruiting Unit (practices, trends, and processes)
  • Courts Services (Courthouse tour)
  • Mental Health Unit, Durham Connect Team
  • Communications 911 Unit (Operational Training Centre Tour)
  • Air Support, K-9, Tactical Support, Hostage Rescue, Incident Command, Duty Office
  • Professional Standards Unit
  • Major Crimes Unit
  • Forensic Identification Unit

The goal of the academy is to familiarize members of the public with some police practices. The course is not intended to train people to be police officers. Applicants must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Live or work in Durham Region
  • Complete a police security check
  • Commit to a 10-week instructional program (those completing all 10 weeks will be granted a certificate of program completion)

For more information email [email protected] or contact Staff Sergeant Lock at (905) 579-1520 ext. 4368

To apply click here

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