On Tuesday May 28, 2019 the Rochester Police Department graduated the participants of their eighth annual Citizen’s Police Academy. Through presentations by department employees, hands-on training, dispatch observations and ride-a-longs with police officers, the recent graduates who participated in this year’s academy were exposed to the many facets of the Rochester Police Department over the 11 week program.
Citizen’s Police Academy is a program designed to acquaint individuals who are not sworn police officers with the activities of their local police department. The graduates got a chance to see what Police Officers, Detectives, Dispatchers, Prosecutors and Juvenile Diversion in Rochester do on a day to day basis. This included learning about the different divisions and the specialty units, such as forensics, SWAT, accident reconstruction and School Resource Officers (just to name a few) and what it is they do. The graduates also got to experience a hands on practical that include the use of the department’s computerized simulator as well as the indoor shooting range.
This program is intended to open the lines of communication between the Community and the Police Department. By allowing citizens a firsthand look at what rules, regulations and policies the police follow, it provides them with a better understanding of police work and the Rochester Police Department. The objective of the Citizen Police Academy is to produce informed citizens and create improved relationships with the community and its citizens.
The Citizens and Police Officers meet each other face to face in a neutral, friendly setting and each becomes a person to the other. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they have an understanding about the person behind the badge. This is a very rewarding program for both the citizen’s and the Rochester Police Department. The Rochester Police Department is looking forward to the next academy, which will begin sometime in March of 2020.