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Police offer inside look

Citizens interested in learning more about police work can enroll in an upcoming Citizen Academy hosted by police departments in Milwaukie, West Linn, Gladstone and Lake Oswego.

The academy is designed to provide insight and understanding about the mission and operation of the criminal justice system, particularly police work. Academy classes are held one evening a week for 13 weeks beginning Sept. 6. Most classes run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be two full Saturdays of instruction and several 'hands-on' activities. Class location will change throughout the training period.

During the course, academy trainees will have an opportunity to meet many of the men and women who have sworn to protect these communities and to experience firsthand some of the daily decisions officers make.

The goal of the Citizens Academy is to provide an opportunity for attendees to experience and understand the role of law enforcement. It also aims to teach citizens the responsibility they share with law enforcement in creating livable communities.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to do some 'hands-on' training. They are selected to attend the academy by the chiefs of police. Requirements for admission to the academy have been established as the following. Attendees must:

n Be at least 18 years of age

n Be a resident of Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, West Linn or Gladstone or work or own a business in any of these communities

n Be able to pass a complete background check (includes but may not be limited to criminal history and driver's license status)

n Be available for all of the class sessions

n Be approved for attendance by your city's chief of police, or assigned designee; and

n Sign a liability waiver.

The academy will be limited to 24 qualified and accepted applicants.

Those interested in applying are asked to keep this substantial time commitment. Regular attendance is important to the rest of the class and to the instructors. For an application, e-mail Lake Oswego Officer Mike Brady at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-635-0250.