The la crosse police department is giving an inside
look at their jobs.
through a citizens police academy.
News 8's Mark McPherson is part of the class.
he joins us live in our newsroom with more.
The la crosse police department believes their job.
and their officers are often misunderstood.
They are holding this academy in hopes the next time
we see someone pulled over or being arrested.
we have a better understanding why.
The 8-week course covers a wide range of topics from
police officer hiring.
to day to day patrols.
There is a course on why a taser is used.
and how it affects someone who it hit with one.
The homicide unit takes us through an actual investigation
and tells us how they made an arrest.
We learn about use of deadly force.
and there is live fire on their training range.
Every member of the class also get to ride along with
an officer to see what a typical night in la crosse
is all about.
In the coming weeks you'll see what that class is
including interviews with some class members and trainers.
And you'll also hear how the training they are giving
they use on the street every day.
This is the first police academy the la crosse police
department has held.
The onalaska police department is half way through
its second academy.