Tigard residents invited to learn about police work

The Tigard Police Department is looking for a few good men and women.

The department is currently accepting applications for its annual Citizen’s Police Academy, a nine-week course where residents can learn about the day-to-day activities of their police force.

“When the community knows and understands the limitations and abilities of law enforcement, the police can then better serve the community,” said Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf.

The academy will cover a wide range of law enforcement topics including investigations, patrol functions, traffic-related issues, community policing, gangs, narcotics investigations and use of force.

Sessions are conducted by members of the Tigard Police Department.

To date, nearly 450 community members have participated in the program since it began in 1995.

“Academy graduates emerge with increased knowledge and enthusiasm to share their newly learned knowledge with their family, friends and neighbors,” Wolf said. “In addition, some attendees pursue volunteer efforts with the department that closely match their interests. In the past, other graduates of the academy have expanded on their newly discovered interests in law enforcement or other elements of the community.”

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants, Wolf said. Applications must be turned in by March 16.

The academy begins April 3 and is held Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Tigard City Hall, 13125 S.W. Hall Blvd.

Applications are available online or in the Tigard Police Department.

Completed applications can be returned in person, faxed to 503-718-2645 or mailed to the Tigard Police Department, Attn: Jim Wolf, 13125 S.W. Hall Blvd, Tigard, 97223.

For more information about the academy, call 503-718-2561.

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