'Demystifying' police work with Onalaska PD

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:32:57 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 05:31:00 AM CST
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ONALASKA, Wis. -

If you have always been curious about police work, the Onalaska Police Department has a unique opportunity coming up you may be interested in.

The department's 10 week Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) starts April 3. It's designed to 'demystify' police work and facilitate a partnership between citizens and police officers. 

"Reinitiating the CPA has been a goal of mine from the beginning," says Onalaska Police Chief Jeff Trotnic. "I firmly believe that a working partnership between the citizens and the police is our first and best defense against crime."

Topics include Crime Scene Investigation and Defense and Arrest Tactics. A lot of the time during the academy will be spent at the Onalaska Police Department, but there are also field trips to the jail and the shooting range planned.

"We are still in the process of finalizing the syllabus," says Sergeant Jasson Jobe, who is heading up the CPA. "This is a very informative program, and while it does require a time commitment from the participants, I believe people will find it well worth the effort."

The Citizen's Police Academy is free and there are 12 spots available. Click here for an application form. They are also available at the front desk of the police department.