Public Safety Academy

Public Safety Academy 2018-07-18T10:53:22+00:00

OUR 2018 PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY IS NOW FULL.  WE WILL BEGIN TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019 PUBLIC SAFETY ACADEMY IN THE SPRING.

The Public Safety Citizens’ Academy  is a free eleven-week program designed to educate local residents about public safety operations. During previous classes, participants learned about the Columbus Police Department Bomb Squad, SWAT Team, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics/Vice Units and K-9 Division.

Participants will get the chance to fire police weapons at the department’s gun range.  They will also use the Columbus Fire Department’s equipment to cut open a wrecked vehicle in a mock extrication scenario and put out an actual fire using a fire extinguisher.

“The Citizens’ Academy is a great way to connect with our residents and show them what we do and how we do it,” Columbus Police Chief Jon Rohde said. “We let them have the same experiences as our city police officers and firefighters, from riding along on patrols to putting out fires.”

Hundreds of local residents have completed the Citizens’ Academy since it started in the mid-1990s.  CPD Lt. Matt Harris, one of the academy organizers, said “this is an excellent opportunity for residents to experience first hand how our public safety personnel help keep Columbus safe.” “Few people outside the world of public safety will experience what academy participants get to see and do during this course.”

The Columbus Fire Department and other agencies joined the Columbus Police Department to broaden the scope of courses taught as part of the academy.  Several topics of interest are covered each week.  The chiefs and all officers who present for the academy volunteer their time.

The 2018 Public Safety Citizens’ Academy will give residents the chance to learn more about public safety in Columbus and Bartholomew County. Questions about this program can be directed to Lt. Matt Harris at 812-376-2605 or dharris@columbus.in.gov

The 2018 Public Safety Citizens’ Academy is scheduled to begin August 9th and will continue until October 25th.  Classes will be held each Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and is limited to thirty participants.

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