Downey Police announce Citizen’s Academy

December 6, 2017 by  

For the 18th year in a row, the Downey Police are inviting residents to take part in a Citizen’s Academy.

These academies are being held in communities across the country, and are becoming more common. People who attend them are given lectures, and often take part in hands-on exercises that show them what policing is like.

The Downey Police are planning a program that runs for 10 weeks and will allow residents as well as businesspeople to understand the basics of law enforcement, and how the local department operates on a daily basis.

Classes often include subjects like the department’s organizational structure, how police process a crime scene, lectures on forensics, how traffic stops are handled, criminal law, and guidelines for the use of force. Hands-on demonstrations may include a visit to the firing range, SWAT demonstrations, and demonstrations by K-9 units. Each municipality designs and administers its own program.

The academy class is limited to 20 participants, and applicants must be Downey residents. Applicants are encouraged to contact either Jenny Aguirre, the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, at (562) 904-2374 or; or Sergeant Vince Rosario at (562) 904-2385 or as soon as possible.

The classes begin February 21 and end April 25, 2018. They will run Wednesday evenings from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

Organizers of classes like this might use presentation folders to organize material for students’ convenience.