January 27, 2020
The Danbury Police Department is currently offering the Citizen Police Academy to the residents of the City of Danbury, business owners in the City of Danbury as well as persons who work within the city. The Citizen Police Academy is offered twice a year, the first session in the winter/spring and the second session in the summer/autumn. There is no participation fee associated with attending the Citizen Police Academy.
The course is intended to give individuals the opportunity to learn more about the operations of their police department, police procedures, and to foster enhanced understanding and cooperation between the police and the community they serve. It is not intended to make citizens into police officers but rather to heighten awareness of both the public and police in an effort to develop a partnership between both. The Danbury Police Department’s objective is to provide interactive instruction in many basic police department tasks as well as provide an opportunity for individuals to role-play and have hands-on experience with the tools of the police trade.
The Citizen Police Academy requires a commitment of one night per week for eleven weeks. The sessions will begin on Tuesday evening March 10, 2020, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and continue every Tuesday evening thereafter until May 19, 2020. The Academy will cover topics such as Laws of Arrest, Penal Code, Patrol Procedures, Crime Scene Investigation and Defensive Tactics. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Based on the positive results thus far in our program, we believe that completion of the academy will result in the following:
- Become advocates for the criminal justice system.
- Gain a realistic perspective of police work and police officers, gain a more accurate view of the job and the media’s coverage with more skepticism.
- The citizen will be more willing to work in partnership with their police department both in problem-solving and crime prevention.
- Increase confidence and pride in their police department.
- They will look at citizens and their problems from a different perspective.
- The officers will realize they have a great deal to offer the public.
- Enhance internal morale of the department.
The Danbury Police Department
- Improved relations with the citizens we serve.
- Breakdown barriers between the police and the public.
- Enhanced police/community relations.
- Develop support and understanding from our community.
- Build stronger and long lasting with the community.