The Avon Police Department is accepting applications for people interested in participating in the 2013 Citizen's Police Academy.
Interested residents should apply online at www.avongov.org or in person at the Avon Police Department, 6550 E. U.S. 36. It is tentatively scheduled to run on 10 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning 6 p.m. April 24, at the Avon Police and Town Court Building.
The Avon Citizen's Police Academy is free with more than 30 hours of instruction on knowledge about how the Avon Police Department operates, as well as its policies, procedures, programs, and challenges. In addition, participants will meet some of the men and women on the department and get to know them not only as officers, but as people.
Citizens at least 18 years of age, with no criminal history, and who live or work within the town of Avon may participate. Avon police make every effort to have the classes represent the community they serve.
The purpose of the academy is to help citizens better understand the law, and in many cases its limitations. Another goal is to help the public understand that there are strategies and problem-solving going on behind the scenes, as well as capable, responsible officers within their community who have made it their career choice to protect and serve others. It is also an opportunity to share ideas with the police department that may help them better serve.
Topics covered in the academy are the road and investigations divisions, crime scene management, evidence collection, use of force, defensive tactics, OC spray, tasers, emergency vehicle operations, firearms, and police ride-alongs.