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Citizens Police Academy

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The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety continues to strive to maintain the best possible relationship with the community in which we serve. In an effort to promote a better understanding and awareness within the community, in 2009, 2010, 2012 and again in 2013 Kalamazoo Public Safety held the Citizen's Police AcademyDSC 0224 designed specifically for community and organizational leaders.

This academy is designed to educate local leaders by immersing them in the latest police and fire training, tactics and education. Attendees are given a front seat, hands on, behind the scenes dynamic view into the real world of Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Investigations, Fire Safety and Suppression, Traffic Enforcement, Use of Force, Bomb Squad, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and Canine Unit. This seminar is designed to be completely interactive with participants getting the opportunity to not only learn about what Public Safety does, but take an active role in all aspects of this exciting and challenging profession.

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As important as the emersion into the world of Public Safety is, participants often comment that the opportunity for real and relaxed dialogue with officers, provides them with some of the most important insights. This academy also benefits Public Safety officers in that it allows them to speak with community leaders and understand the public's perceptions, ideas and solutions to community issues.

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Testimonials From Past Graduates

Amazing opportunity!  Can't say enough positive things about this opportunity!  Every citizen should attend to begin to understand & appreciate law enforcement.

I specifically was interested in hearing from the officers whether they thought the department participated in racial profiling.  It is now very clear to me that it does not.

All the officers were very professional & friendly, treated us with respect, and it looks like they all enjoy their jobs.  I will recommend the program to others in the community.

What an amazing experience!  I never realized all aspects of training for a public safety officer, including their dedication, professionalism, communication, etc.  This program really makes you grateful for your safety knowing what these men & women go through on a daily basis.  Thanks.

Absolutely wonderful! It has been a once in a lifetime experience and I appreciate the sacrifices you make and the job you do while remaining such humble , great people.

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