GFPD Citizen's Academy returns for 3rd year

GFPD Citizen's Academy returns for 3rd year Click to Enlarge

For the third consecutive year, the Grand Forks Police Department is holding a Citizen’s Academy, a chance for community members to learn about the department from the officers themselves.

Police Corporal Justin O’Neill said participants get a first-hand look at all aspects of police work.

"(Citizens) get to experience everything from ride-alongs to using our gear, including our firearms," O'Neill said. "We take them to the firing range."

O'Neill added that citizens will "get to see mock crime scenes that are set up, negotiations, how our SWAT team uses their tactics. We kind of immerse them into literally every corner of our department."

Since it began in 2017, nearly 60 people of various ages have gone through the program.

The Academy is free. Sessions last three hours and are held on Tuesday nights in September and October. Anyone interested should contact the GFPD.

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