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.