Lathrop Police Services’ annual Citizen’s Academy is just around the corner.
The goal of the Lathrop Police Services Citizen’s Academy is to promote a better relationship between the police and the community they serve by fostering a clearer understanding of a police officer’s duties and how those duties are carried out. The Citizen’s Academy is nine consecutive Wednesday evenings, three hours per session. After completion of the academy, cadets are eligible to participate in a one-time “ride along” with an officer.
Academy instructors are San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Deputies and civilian staff members. Class topics include internal affairs, community oriented policing, patrol procedures, narcotics, gangs, hostage negotiations, domestic violence, crime prevention, K-9, swat, traffic enforcement, a jail tour, and more.
Applicants must be 21 years or older with no misdemeanor arrests in the prior year (all past arrests will be considered in the screening process), no prior felony convictions, and pass a security check.
Applications can be picked up at the Lathrop Police Office at 15597 S. Seventh Street, Lathrop City Hall, or at the Lathrop Community Center. Academy size is limited to 20 citizens. Applicants are notified in writing regarding acceptance to the Citizen’s Academy program. Applications must be turned in by Feb. 22. The registration cost is $20, which includes a T-shirt and course supplies.
Classes will be held Wednesday evenings, March 2 through April 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Lathrop Community Center.
If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Steven Baxter Community Resource Officer, at 858-5551 ext. 6415