The Minot Police Department is bringing back the Citizens Academy for the first time in about 10 years.
It’s not to prepare people to be police officers, but to provide them with more information about what the department does to keep the community safe.
Senior Officer Aaron Moss said there’s always room for improvement when it comes to the relationship between police and the community.
The Citizens Academy will meet once a week for four weeks with the opportunity for community members to ask questions and provide feedback about what they’d like to see from law enforcement.
It will include classroom instruction, discussions, hand-on instruction with patrol operations, crime scene response, weapons familiarization, and special operations like SWAT, bomb squad, and k-9 units.
“We encourage anyone who’s interested, over the age of 18, to apply regardless of their previous experience with law enforcement – good, bad or indifferent,” senior officer, Aaron Moss, said.
“We’d like to have folks to apply with us to help create a more proactive, interactive problem-solving environment for law enforcement. So it minimizes that ‘us against them’ mentality in our communities.”
Visit Minot Police Department’s website for an application or for more information.
Applications are to be returned to MPD at 515 2nd Ave SW.