Letter: Police lessons
Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the first Citizens’ Police Academy, sponsored by the Chino Valley Police Department. This program ran for six consecutive Wednesdays, from May 4 to June 6 during the evenings.
The purpose of this academy was to provide a forum for the citizens of Chino Valley to better understand the ways in which the Chino Valley Police carry out their day to day operations to protect and serve the public. Moreover, this program gave the participants an opportunity to meet and interact with Chief Charles Wynn and the men and women, who serve in protecting our community.
The group comprised of 30 men and women, who were exposed to a wide variety of topics, ranging from Animal Control, Investigations, Scams and Frauds, to Evidence Collection and Handling. It should be noted that a great effort was made to strip away the traditional Hollywood stereotypes and provide a “ just the facts, ma’am” approach.
In addition, the group received a brief, but thorough exposure to firearms safety, as well as Live fire exercises on the department’s range here in Chino Valley.
Participants listened attentively to motor officers and specialists from the Drug Recognition Expert Program as well. Each session was followed by an enthusiastic question and answer Session.
Finally, the participants had the opportunity to engage in an actual crime scene simulation and experience, first hand, the stressful conditions that our officers undergo in carrying out their duties.
If you have never experienced a Citizens Police Academy, before, I recommend this course to you highly. It will be offered again in the fall of this year.
In a time of increased civil unrest, augmented in many cases by mass media sensationalism, an anti-police atmosphere pervades much of our culture. The Citizens Police Academy offers a unique and honest open approach in bringing the public and Law Enforcement back together to understand and work for the mutual betterment of our community.
Michael P. Orley