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Police seeking volunteers to learn about officers’ work

March 9, 2007

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Lawrence Police Officer Mike Cobb logs onto his mobile data computer in his patrol car at the start of his shift. As the 18th Citizens Academy nears, the Lawrence Police Department is seeking volunteers who want to learn about police work and the role of officers in the community.

Lawrence Police Officer Mike Cobb logs onto his mobile data computer in his patrol car at the start of his shift. As the 18th Citizens Academy nears, the Lawrence Police Department is seeking volunteers who want to learn about police work and the role of officers in the community.

Lawrence Police Department accepting applications for the 18th Citizen's Academy

You've seen the crime shows on TV, now's your chance to find out what life is really like for the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday. Enlarge video

The Lawrence Police Department is seeking volunteers who want to learn more about how officers do their jobs as part of the 18th Citizens Academy.

"It was a great way for many people from different walks of life to state their concerns and offer suggestions," said Zila Sadler, a graduate of the 16th academy and a staff member of the Douglas County court system.

Sadler said the classes changed her opinions about how police officers tend to operate and "why they do what they do."

Area residents have until April 20 to apply for the 30-hour course that provides insight into police training, procedures, legal issues and basic philosophies. Applicants must be 18 years old, have no criminal history, pass a background check and provide three local references.

Patrolman Matthew McNemee will lead the 18th class. About 350 people have participated.

"Mostly they get a view of what we are doing, what we're about and how that actually can apply to their lives in general and how that can assist them," McNemee said.

During the classes, participants will learn about topics such as police department history, interviewing and evidence-collection techniques, homicide and drug investigations, vehicle stops and hostage negotiations.

Participants also will be able to pose questions to officers and Police Chief Ron Olin.

"It's tailored to how we do business. I think it's important because many of our successes can be tied to the public's involvement in what we do," said Sgt. Paul Fellers, police spokesman.

Classes are scheduled for every Tuesday and Thursday from May 8 through June 7. To get an application, call 830-7410 or visit the department's Web site, www.lawrencepolice.org.

Scott Zaremba, president of Zarco 66, graduated with the 16th academy class.

"The most interesting part of it is how they investigate crimes against people and how detailed they are and how diligent they are when something happens in our town (to someone) no matter who they are," Zaremba said.

Comments

adky 8 years, 2 months ago

What a joke! LPD should spend time training its own officers interviewing and evidence-collection techniques, homicide and drug investigations, vehicle stops and hostage negotiations. It would do far more to convince us that we have a department that protects and serves than this public relations stunt.

Confrontation 8 years, 2 months ago

I took the class more than 5 years ago, and I thought it was great. I was in a class with several well-known (non-police) Lawrence personalities, and I can see why the city is such a mess. Other than that, the police department provided a very informative course.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 2 months ago

How about hiring and retention policies??? Keeping officers that have shown personal irresponsibility and moral terpitude lack?? You cannot get a job with most government agencies with personal irresponsibility like bankrupcy, why is there an officer on the LPD with this striike against him????? Huh, Chief Olin??????

yellowhouse 8 years, 2 months ago

There is a big problem with evidence handling!

Perhaps it is linked to what they might be taking home?

You would think if they are going to ruin someones life, take their expensive belongings, they would be able to find the stuff in the evidence room!

http://www.forums.larryville.com/viewtopic.php?t=24826

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