Sunday, March 2, 2008

Police Citizens' Academy

I’ve had the opportunity to participate in two citizens’ police academies. Last fall I attended the Boulder Police Department Citizens' Academy and I’m currently in the Boulder County Sheriff Citizens' Academy. These are excellent programs that inform citizens about law enforcement activities and procedures. Subjects covered include: crime analysis; laws of arrest, search and seizure; bomb squad; professional standards; traffic and accident investigation; SWAT; street patrol; drug and narcotic investigation; identity theft; liquor enforcement and DUI; victim services; crime scene processing; municipal court; jail tour; criminal and death investigations; officer safety; gun range; animal control; domestic violence investigation; restorative justice; K9 handling; role of DA; defensive tactics; forensic cyber investigation; gang crimes; and internal affairs. As a mystery writer this has been invaluable in helping me improve the accuracy of my writing. Anyone can attend who is not a felon. Take a look in your communities to see if similar programs are offered.

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