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Richfield Graduates 19th Citizens Police Academy Class

The program was started by the Richfield Public Safety Department in 1995.

Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by Herb Perry, a resident and graduate of the 2012 program.

The 19th annual Richfield Citizen Police Academy program was recently completed with 24 graduating, from the weekly class.

The 15-hour course covered topics such as an aministrative overview, patrol procedures, police communications, criminal investigations and traffic enforcement. There was also a complete tour of the police facilities, Hennepin County Crime Lab and much more. Even a visit from the K-9 Officer Rocky and his handler Nate.

The program was established to promote a better understanding and knowledge of the Richfield Police Department's work, reaffirm citizen participation in crime prevention and improve police/community relations through education of the public.

The program started in 1995 with two separate classes and has continued every year since then. The average annual attendance over the last 19 years to date has been more than 26. It started internally with continuing efforts to add different topics per the input from attendee evaluation requests. These evaluation requests are presented in order to further improve and enhance the program.

The program was facilitated by Jill Mecklenburg, a Richfield crime prevention specialist, and Officer Dave Franke, of Richfield's Crime Prevention Unit.

David C. Couper November 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I hope the department will not do what other police departments around the nation have tended to do; that is, to present police work as "cops and robbers" and not as a highly-relational job which demands the highest level of intelligence and interpersonal skills. Good luck in this effort if that is the case. To figure out why I say this take a look at my new book, “Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police” (Amazon.com). In these "citizen academies" police work should be presented as being performed by well-trained, restrained, honest, and courteous men and women. And see my blog is at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com where I discuss these and other current police improvement issues facing our nation's police.

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