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Lawrence police seeking applicants for Citizens’ Academy

August 18, 2010

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More than a decade ago, as a relatively new owner of The Wheel — a bar near the Kansas University campus — Rob Farha wanted to learn more about the Lawrence Police Department.

He and his staff had frequent contact with officers, especially as they dealt with large crowds on game days. And so he applied for the department’s 11th Citizens’ Academy. There, he said, he learned officers do much more than patrol the streets.

“It really opens your eyes to all the different areas and things they deal with,” he said. “It’s more than just policing. They’re psychologists. They’re school teachers. They’re social workers. They’re life-safety teachers. They’re everything.”

Now the department is seeking applicants for its 19th Citizens’ Academy, which will run Oct. 5 to Nov. 4. Farha, who is still a member of the police chief’s council, said he would encourage any Lawrence resident to apply.

Sgt. Matt Sarna, a department spokesman who coordinated three past academies, said most residents only have interactions with officers in emergency situations. Citizens’ academy gives people an up-close look at the department’s operations.

“They get to learn why we do what we do when we get on the street, which is very important to the average citizen,” he said.

This 19th academy’s members will attend classes most Tuesday and Thursday evenings over five weeks and learn about a gamut of issues, including interrogations, evidence collection, hostage negations, vehicle stops, firearms and gangs.

Applications are available at www.lawrencepolice.org. The deadline to turn one in is Sept. 17, and officers expect to select 15 to 16 class members.

Officer Dave Hogue, the academy’s coordinator, encouraged anyone with an interest in the department, including people who may be skeptical or “maybe consider themselves a little bit anti-police.”

“We’re hoping to have that interaction as a two-way street,” Hogue said, “not just us presenting information but citizens asking questions and really digging in to who we are.”

Comments

smitty 3 years, 8 months ago

Why voluntarily sign up for a program with this history and reputation just to spun like a F5 tornado.

Nor will I change my mind until there is an honest investigation into the illegal actions of the chief of police and his nearest and dearest cop-roaches to explain the abuse of authority, obstruction of justice, perjury, Olin illegally forcing good dets(LPD whistle blowers) out, etc.

Now is the time to clean up the LPD if the city commission can muster up enough integrity to do it since they have long contributed to hiding the facts from our citizens.

Correct Amyx? After all Amyx did confirm there is an ongoing investigation into the LPD & Olin by an outside higher legal authority that is now handled as a personnel issue in lieu of advising the public the chief and his staff are under investigation.

Crawl from under that table and do what you were elected to do bubbas.

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BlackVelvet 3 years, 8 months ago

Smitty's mind is already made up Skinny. Nothing will change it.

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skinny 3 years, 8 months ago

There you go Smitty, sign up!!

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