Citizens Police Academy
- What is the purpose of conducting a Citizen Police Academy?
To provide the citizens of the Town of Ogden with information about the criminal justice system and to provide citizens with a greater understanding of the policies and procedures of the agencies that make up this system. The ultimate goal of the citizen Police Academy is the reduction of crime through a stronger citizen commitment to the police department and the community. This is accomplished through a series of classes involving instruction by police officers from the Ogden Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office.
- Where did the concept originate?
Devon and Cornwall, England Constabulary developed the concept of the Citizen Police Academy in 1977. In 1985, the Orlando Florida Police Department adopted the concept for their agency and created the first Citizen Police Academy in the United States. It now serves as the prototype for other Citizen Police Academies across the U.S.
- In what way will the Ogden C.P.A. improve police community relations?
It is our earnest hope that the more information and understanding shared among the citizens of Ogden and its criminal justice community, the less suspicion, fear, and misunderstanding will exist. Many conflicts arise simply due to a lack of understanding. A cooperative sharing of information and perspective between the citizens and the members of the law enforcement community can only enhance a positive relationship. During classes, the participants are encouraged to ask questions and give feedback concerning the operation of the police agency. Additionally, citizens bring a wealth of knowledge about community and, particularly, the problems in their neighborhoods. In this way, police are able to learn firsthand the concerns of the citizens.
- How is the class conducted?
Citizens who wish to participate meet each Wednesday night, Usually during late January and early February at the Ogden Community Center. Participants receive classroom instruction and demonstrations by officers from the Ogden Police Department and representatives from various other county agencies.
- What type of material is covered in class?
The curriculum will consist of topics that will cover major areas of the criminal justice system with the County of Monroe. These include basic in-service training, criminal investigations, patrol procedures and special enforcement teams. Other topics will include New York Law and legal procedures as they apply both to police officers and to the citizens of this county. The judicial procedures and processes will be examined as to how they apply to both law enforcement personnel and to citizens.
- Who would normally attend this type of training academy?
We encourage anyone with an interest in understanding how your criminal justice system works in the Town of Ogden and Monroe County to attend, in particular, we would like to invite community leaders to participate. This includes neighborhood watch block captains, business groups and religious leaders. This academy is designed for all citizens of our community.
Please contact us at (585)617-6131 if you are interested in attending the next Academy.