LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Are you one of those individuals who watch their neighborhood like a hawk or have community concerns and would like to take action? Perhaps, you want to spend the day in an officer’s shoes, or maybe you just like superheroes?
Now is the time to be proactive in your community as the Lafayette Police Department is currently taking applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy.
The Citizen’s Academy is an educational outreach program designed to provide citizens a greater understanding of the inner-workings of their police department and of the role that law enforcement plays within the criminal justice system.
Officers said participants are also encouraged to take a “ride-a-long” with a patrol officers, which allows a real-life perspective on contemporary policing.
LPD’s academy will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 20. The class will meet every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 10 weeks, with the final class ending on Oct. 22.
Applications are now being accepted, but everyone participating in the program will need to be fingerprinted prior to the start of classes, according to new state and federal guidelines.
Fingerprinting can be done at the Lafayette Police Department between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Officials said one evening session will also be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lafayette Citizen’s Police Academy’s classroom sessions are held at the Lafayette Police Department’s Training Center, 1301 South St., in Lafayette.
For more information or to enroll in the Lafayette Citizen’s Police Academy, please click here.