By Jordan Puckett
The Milford Police Department will soon be offering a Citizen’s Police Academy. The Academy is a ten week program that is designed to inform participants of department procedures and bring about a sense of familiarity between the public and the police department.
“A lot of other communites have programs like this,” Chief Jamey Mills said. “I think the city of Milford is long overdue.”
Mills said he hopes the academy will improve community relations and also bring in more volunteers. Mills also said participants would later have the opportunity to be part of an alumni association and help the police department at community events.
The program will be taught by a different police officer or employee each week. In addition to learning about things such as traffic stops, defensive tactics, and narcotics investigations, there are hopes to include a jail tour and driver training.
The Citizen’s Academy will begin Sept. 5. Classes run from 6:30-9:30 p.m. every Thursday in the City Municipal Building. The program is free, but class size is limited to 10. Participants must be as least 18 years of age and must either live or work in Milford.
Those interested in participating must fill out an application and are subject to a background check. The police department reserves the right to accept or deny any applicant.
Applications are available at the Milford Police Department, 745 Center Street. They must be returned by Friday, Aug. 16.
For more information, contact the Milford Police Department at (513) 248-5084.