Division of Police now accepting Citizen Police Academy applications

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s really like to be a police officer, the Vandalia Division of Police has an offer for you. The division is offering Vandalia citizens the opportunity to participate in a Citizens Police Academy.

The academy is a ten-week program that gives students a behind-the-scenes look at policing in the City of Vandalia, and teaches crime prevention techniques. While the curriculum is still being fine-tuned, students will get instruction on topics ranging from criminal investigation, traffic enforcement, personal self-defense and the law and legal process. Students will also have the opportunity to ride along with a Vandalia police officer to gain an understanding of the job duties of police officers.

“One thing this course does not do is train you to become a police officer,” said Vandalia Crime Prevention Officer Holly Estepp. “We are gearing the program towards ordinary citizens who want a better understanding of what we do.”

The classes will run on Wednesday evenings, beginning on March 8 and ending May 10. Each session runs from 6 – 8 p.m. Classroom space for the academy beginning is limited, so interested persons are encouraged to apply early.

Applications can be obtained by contacting visiting the City of Vandalia Website, www.vandaliaohio.org, or by contacting Officer Holly Estepp, 415-2272.

To download the application for the 2017 Vandalia Citizens Police Academy, CLICK HERE.