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Popular Citizens' Academy filling slots

The deadline to sign up for the Forest Grove Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy is Jan. 25. And with 15 of the 25 spots still available, the FGPD encourages residents who have any interest or questions about police work to apply.

The 10-week academy offers a behind-the-scenes look at how our local law enforcement agencies operate.

According to FGPD Capt. Mike Herb, each of the weekly classes incorporates comprehensive instructions and presentations that cover patrol procedures, training and recruitment, police ethics, mental health, traffic enforcement, drugs, domestic violence, use of force and more.

Held at the city auditorium, the classes also include video clips, recorded 911 calls, live demonstrations, equipment displays, case reviews, a department tour, a jail tour and a tour of the county 911 center (WCCCA).

“The public has the opportunity in this course to see that there are human beings behind the badge,” Herb said. “And they leave gaining a better understanding of what it is like to serve the community as a police officer.

“The officers, conversely, have the opportunity to make connections and get to know members of our community in a positive setting.”

To date, approximately 200 citizens have graduated from the academy. They may use the certificate received at the end of the course on on resumes for public-safety or private-sector jobs, Herb added.

The academy is open to Forest Grove residents, as well as people working or going to school in the city, as long as they are at least 18 years old.

A criminal history check is also completed on each candidate — no felony convictions and no more than one misdemeanor conviction is the standard.

Pick up applications at the police department, city hall or online at forestgrove-or.gov/city-hall/police-department/police-department-citizens-academy.html.

For more information, call Herb at 503-992-3260.