The Monona and McFarland police departments are combining for a fall session of the Citizen's Police Academy. The fall session will run on Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:00 p.m., from October 3 through November 14. Anyone 21 years of age or older with no prior felony convictions, outstanding warrants, pending criminal cases, or misdemeanor arrests in the last three years is welcome to apply.
The academy is designed to provide citizens with an understanding of a police department's operation. Students will learn from police department personnel who are trained in the areas of narcotics, major crimes, patrol operations, traffic laws, vehicle contacts, crime scene investigation and other related fields. Instructors are drawn from all levels of the department, and students will meet the chief of police, lieutenants, detectives, patrol officers and dispatchers. Students are encouraged to ask questions and express their concerns about pertinent issues. A major goal of the Citizen's Police Academy is to increase understanding between the citizens and their police department, and to build a strong relationship for the future good of the community. For more information or to request an application, Monona residents should contact Community Relations Officer Jim Reiter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 222-0463.