CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
Adults who have taken classes to gain a better understanding of police work and any problems in their community also help by holding fund raisers to help pay for the programs for needy children. They also sponsor activities throughout the year by supporting sports and civic functions for children.
2. When was the program created and why?
The program began in 1995. The purpose was to bring community and government together in a positive way. To date there have been 250 graduates that are now representatives of the government in their communities.
3. How is the program financed?
Police employees volunteer their time to participate. Local fundraisers also provide support for the program as well as a small fee charged the students to participate.
4. How do you measure the programís effectiveness?
Community involvement and increased awareness of what is going on in the City. The other way to measure effectiveness is statistics. Statistics can only be developed over a period of time. But the data, so far, shows a marked decrease in juvenile crime.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?
The community is involved through the Citizenís Police Academy and local businesses who support the many activities the police department provides through either involvement or sponsorship of activities. In each and every program there has been excellent community involvement which is what is needed for the police officers to be effective in their community in controlling any criminal element and making the City a pleasant place to live and raise children.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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