March 14, 2006 > Citizen Police Academy
Citizen Police Academy
by Venkat Raman
Have you ever wondered what it takes for a police department to maintain law and order? Police departments of the tri-city area are eager to share with the community various aspects of their inner workings so their citizens are well informed. With increased information comes understanding and better cooperation. This should lead to a reduction of problems handled by the police, so the process is a winning formula for everyone in the community.
Each city organizes its own programs to educate those interested in what law enforcement is all about. In some municipalities, citizen police academy classes are offered once a week, typically on a weeknight, and span a few weeks. Participants are expected to attend all sessions to benefit from the full complement of topics covered. Academy classes are held generally once a year, but some cities manage to offer two sessions per year. Enrollment is usually limited to residents of the offering city or those who work in that city but Hayward welcomes all who want to apply. Since Union City does not have a citizen academy program in place at this time, Union City residents may want to consider attending the program in Hayward.
Topics covered are similar among the cities and generally include police selection and training, patrol structure, traffic enforcement, communications and 911 dispatch, gangs, narcotics, internal affairs, ID theft, domestic violence, K-9 and department tour. Fremont adds a visit to the firing range where students can try out different police firearms. Milpitas offers a Range2000 system where students use a simulator to evaluate their skills in facing situations involving split-second shoot/no-shoot decisions.
Cities of Fremont, Hayward, and Milpitas are offering programs this Spring. Newark and Hayward have plans to offer Fall programs. The Spring program in Hayward is aimed toward youth (8th to 12th graders) and the Fall program is for general attendance. These programs are popular among residents and the capacity is limited, so contact your local department early to assure a space in the next class.
Hayward classes start on March 28
Contact Mary Fabian, 510-293-1043
Or Tina Parmeley, 510-293-7151
Fremont classes start on April 6.
Contact Lieutenant Mark Riggs, 510-790-6916
Milpitas classes start on May 2.
Contact Sergeant Max Nobida, 408-586-2527
Newark Fall classes are currently being arranged
Brochures available from Terri Hernandez at (510) 794-2352
Class information, contact Lieutenant Jim Leal (510) 742-4725
or Officer Gregg Passama (510) 794-2360.