Lone Tree is seeking applicants for its annual Citizens’ Police Academy. The free 10-week program that starts Aug. 14 gives participants a peek into the life of a law enforcement officer.
“We really to give the opportunity for citizens and people that work here to understand what their police officers do and why,” said Officer Jennifer Purdy. “This is a fun, educational way to do that.”
Participants won’t just hear about the daily lives of police officers; they’ll also get to experience many aspects. Most sessions are from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday nights, with some special events — including a mock crime scene investigation and driving a police car — held on Saturdays.
The mock crime scene is among the academy’s highlights.
“We set up a full mock crime scene and have a detective that will give some instruction on what Investigations does and what to think about when you approach a crime scene,” Purdy said.
Volunteer actors bring life to the mock murder scene. Academy participants interview the volunteer victims and witnesses.
While academy participants don’t get to fire real guns, they will participate in police gun training. Realistic scenarios give them a chance to use a laser gun.
“You can see what it would be like if you were actually on scene with a gun in your hand, how you react and how quickly you have to react,” Purdy said.
Taser and K9 demonstrations, fingerprinting and discussions on police ethics also are part of the course.
Class size is limited to about 25 people. Prospective students must be at least 18 and pass a criminal background check.
To apply, visit the Lone Tree Police Department’s Community Partnership Unit link at www.cityoflonetree.com or call Purdy at 303-339-8150.