The Marshalltown Police Department held a graduation ceremony on May 21 for 27 community members who completed the Department's Citizens Police Academy.
The purpose of the citizen academy is to increase the public's understanding of law enforcement duties and responsibilities. A police ride-along opportunity is also offered during the session for observation of an officer's daily duties.
The program is 10 weeks long and the classes are three hours in length, once per week. The topics covered in the classes were:
Pictured are the graduates of the 2013 Citizen Police Academy. Twenty-seven community members completed this year’s classes.
Marshall County Communications Center and police facility tour
Mid-Iowa Drug Task Force
Standardized field sobriety test
Marshall County Attorney's Office
Crime scene processing
Weapons and driving classroom
Weapons and driving practical exercises
Graduates of the citizen academy are eligible to become members of the Marshalltown Police Citizen Volunteer program and nine members of this year's class have expressed an interest in serving the people of Marshalltown. In 2012, the MPCV program gave 337.5 hours of volunteer service to the City, which, according to www.independentsector.org, translates in to $5,811.75 in dedicated time and talent.
The 2014 Citizen Academy is scheduled to begin in March 2014. Anyone interested in attending the 2014 academy or needing more information, should contact Captain Brian Batterson at 641-754-5729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.