Warwickshire Police is offering people the chance to learn about what the police do and to see first-hand the day-to-day workings of the force.
The Citizens’ Academy, as the programme is known, will offer a selected group of people a unique insight into how the different departments within Warwickshire Police work. The force is inviting members of the public aged over 18 to apply. The first Citizens’ Academy session will be held in Rugby on September 16. Successful applicants will take part in a ten-week programme consisting of lectures and demonstrations provided by police officers, police staff and supporting agencies and organisations. Classes will take place at Warwickshire College’s Rugby campus in Technology Drive from 6.30pm to 8.30pm every Tuesday evening, with the final session taking place on November 25.
Those behind the programme say the aim is to “open up communication between the community and the police, educate the public about police procedures, reduce the fear of crime and increase personal safety”. They hope that those who attend the Citizens’ Academy will then be able to pass on their experiences and increased knowledge to the rest of the community, or take up the chance to become Special Constables or volunteers with the police or other agencies.
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: “It is really important that people understand the challenges facing policing and how the police are tackling them on their behalf. Citizens’ Academies are an excellent way of strengthening links between the public and the police. I am delighted to be funding the very first Citizens’ Academy in Warwickshire and give it my full support”.
North Warwickshire Area Commander Superintendent Martin Samuel said: “I am delighted to launch our first Citizens’ Academy. I hope that we get a lot of interest in the programme and that the public will want to get involved. It promises to be a most interesting and informative ten weeks for people who wish to positively engage with their police force”.
The course will cover a range of policing areas including crime prevention and detection, recording crimes and incidents, road safety, forensic investigation, police use of firearms, internet safety, and the role of Safer Neighbourhood Teams and other key departments. But participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.
Those who complete the programme will ‘graduate’ from the Citizens’ Academy and their participation will be recognised with a formal ceremony.
* If you live in Warwickshire, are at least 18 years of age and would like to apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application form. Alternatively, you can collect an application form from the front counter at Rugby Police Station, Newbold Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2DH. Places are limited and criteria will be applied to the selection process. Rugby residents will be given priority and successful applicants will be subject to security checks.
The closing date for applications is Tuesday September 2.