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Tigard PD hosts citizens academy

To create better understanding and communication between citizens and police, the Tigard Police Department hosts a seven-week Citizen's Police Academy once every year.

The 2007 academy will begin April 18 and conclude June 6, meeting on seven consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Tigard City Hall.

'The intent of the academy is not to produce citizens trained in law enforcement, but to help citizens better understand their city's police department,' say academy organizers. 'When the community knows and understands the limitations and abilities of law enforcement, the better police can serve the citizen.'

The academy covers a wide range of law enforcement topics such as investigations, patrol, training, budget, recruitment, community policing, gangs, narcotics and firearms. An overview of youth programs and Tigard Peer Court are also featured. The classes are conducted by members of the Tigard Police Department.

Organizers say academy graduates leave with increased knowledge and enthusiasm to share the newly learned information with their family and neighbors. Further, many graduates pursue volunteer efforts that closely match their interests.

The Tigard Police Department is now accepting applications from anyone who would like to participate in the 2007 academy. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants and the deadline for applications is March 15.

Citizens can apply by completing an application and returning it to the department. Applications can be obtained at the department, and are also available on the city of Tigard Web site www.tigard-or.gov/police/community_policing/police_academy.asp. An application can also be requested by telephoning 503-718-2561. Notification of acceptance or denial is typically completed during the first week of March.

Those with questions, or seeking additional information, may call 503-718-2561.