4th Annual Parma Heights Citizens Police Academy
Have you ever wanted to learn more about how the local police forces impact the community? The Parma Heights Police Department welcomes residents to participate in the 4th Annual Parma Heights Citizens Police Academy. The program is held in conjunction with Cuyahoga Community College from March 22nd through May 24th.
The Citizens Police Academy provides a stronger level of understanding among committed community members who wish to partake in their local police department. The purpose of the program is to develop a greater sense of safety by fostering relationships between officers and the community.
Space is limited to 25 participants and registration ends March 10th. Participants need to fill out an application and it is first-come, first-served. The Parma Heights Citizens Police Academy is a ten-week program, that meets once a week for three hours; interested participants are asked to commit to attend the full session. Attendees will also have an option to participate in a ride-along with officers on shift.
Detective Eric Taylor said, “the Citizens Police Academy gives residents a glimpse of what we do and why we do things. We believe this helps provide a better understanding of the police department.” Some of the topics covered throughout the sessions include: calls made to dispatch, radio traffic to the police officers, crime scene investigation, search and seizure, financial crimes, Narcan, CPR training, and much more.
“The training covers a wide variety of topics and scenarios and I think it creates open conversations with residents and the police. The Parma Heights Citizens Police Academy training is a big picture approach, but in the end makes us better stewards of the city,” said Parma Heights Chief Steve Scharschmidt.
The courses will be held at Cuyahoga Community College. Each week a minimum of one off-duty police officer and one academy coordinator will assist teaching the class. A few of the classes require additional instructors.
“The Citizens Police Academy is a great opportunity for residents looking to learn more of what we do and how we do it. The sessions allow participants to see a multitude of scenarios that simulate the varying situations that our officers encounter every day on the job,” said Chief Scharschmidt.
For more info, call 440-481-3099. To register, visit https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=499800025670883&set=a.172553225062233
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Marie Gallo is the Mayor of Parma Heights