The St. Louis County Police Department’s South County Precinct will host a Citizen Police Academy at the Grace Union Church, 3900 Union Road.
Nine classes will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays from Aug. 25 until graduation on Oct. 20.
“The Citizens Police Academy creates the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the officers who serve and protect your community,” Police Chief Timothy Fitch stated in a news release. “Participants learn about what steps they can take to avoid becoming the victim of a crime and they get an inside look at how the county Police Department operates. Instead of relying on television or Hollywood, graduates of these academies can gain personal knowledge and experience in how actual police officers patrol their beats, conduct traffic stops and investigate crime. Classes are instructed by law enforcement professionals in various fields.”
At the end of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion at a graduation ceremony. The Citizens Police Academy is open to all St. Louis County residents and is free. Advanced registration is required and seating is limited.
To obtain a registration form or other details, contact Police Officer Michael Schira at (314) 892-1510 or at Mschira@stlouisco.com.
Forms also are available at the South County Precinct, 3031 Telegraph Road.
Individuals with disabilities or special needs who wish to participate in this program should contact the Department’s ADA Coordinator at (314) 615-4273.