Want to learn more about police work? Enroll now for 8th annual MCPD Citizens Police Academy

The Michigan City Police Department will conduct its 8th annual Citizens Police Academy starting Oct. 4 and running for seven weeks. Each week will feature a 2.5-hour block from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the new Michigan City Police Community Room. The academy will culminate with a graduation dinner on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Members of LaPorte County communities are welcome to apply for the academy, either by downloading an application at www.michigancitypolice.com or picking one up at the station’s front desk at 1201 E. Michigan Blvd. Class size is limited to 36 participants. All interested persons must be at least 21 years old, complete an application, and give permission for Michigan City Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record. All classes are free of charge, including all class material, T-shirts, giveaways and refreshments. All applications must be received by Sept. 21. The class fills up rather quickly, so do not delay!

Class experiences

Among experiences will be a virtual shooting range (new this year); real vehicle stops; CSI (crime scene investigation), involving three investigative teams in a friendly competition using video, photography, evidence handling and dealing with a murder victim, suspects and scenes; the basics of criminal law; search and seizure; patrol tactics; firearm safety; taser use; traffic laws; hostage negotiations; processing a crime scene; how police canines are used; and specialty police units. Participants will meet and talk with many officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serve them.

Instructors are state-certified law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers.

Academy organizers stress that participants will have fun!

For more information, contact Sergeant Chris Yagelski at 219-873-1461 Ext. 1020, OR Rhonda Swistek at 219-873-1461 Ext. 1021.

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