Westlake Community Police Academy accepting applications

Westlake residents and employees of Westlake companies can discover how a police department runs and learn more about the jobs of patrol officers, detectives and civilian staff members during the Westlake Police Department’s annual Community Police Academy. The Westlake Police Department is accepting applications for the Community Police Academy through Friday, Feb. 15.

Participants will receive hands-on experience in crime scene processing, self-defense and firearms instruction. Additional topics include patrol and traffic operations, S.W.A.T. and advancements in law enforcement technology. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and express concerns on pertinent issues.

Classes are held Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning on March 6. The graduation ceremony is scheduled during the final night, May 22, which family and friends are invited to attend.

Prospective participants must be at least 21 years old, not have a criminal record and pass a background check. Preference will be given to those applicants that live or work in Westlake. Class size is limited to 20 students.

“The primary goal of the Community Police Academy is to increase understanding between the Westlake community and the police department that serves it,” Capt. Jerry Vogel said. “Several graduates from the academy have become great volunteers, assisting our department in a variety of community-based events.”

The academy is designed with the intent of solidifying the partnership between the community and the police department through education and understanding. The academy is NOT designed to assist those seeking to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Applications can be picked up at the Westlake Police Department, 27300 Hilliard Blvd., or online at the www.cityofwestlake.org/Police-Academy. For more information, contact the Westlake Police Department at 440-871-3311 and ask for Lt. Mark Krumheuer or Capt. Jerry Vogel.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.22.2019