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Registration opens for Citizen Academy
TPD crime scene

The Turlock Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Police Academy starting Sept. 8.

The program is designed to provide citizens with information and resources, mutual learning, critical analysis of issues, and an exchange of ideas and perspectives within the police department and the criminal justice system. The program consists of a series of 11 classes and discussions held once a week typically from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursdays There is no cost to anyone who enrolls. 

The classes will provide an in-depth view into various areas and specialized units of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that gives citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the City of Turlock, and how to develop a partnership with the police department. It is the police department’s goal that upon completion of the course, participants will have a better understanding of what the police do and why, and experience improved communication and partnership between themselves and the police department.

“Turlock has a long standing history of these citizen academies as part of their Community Oriented Policing effort in our community,” said Mayor Gary Soiseth. “It is important to have citizen-police interaction and cooperation through an exchange of ideas and education and we encourage all members of the community to consider participating in this valuable program.”

There are over 30 presentations in this course, some of the topics discussed are, Officer Recruitment & Training, Crime Scene Investigation, Police Emergency Communications Center (Dispatch), Crime Prevention, Narcotics Enforcement and Special Weapons and Tactics.

There is limited space in the Citizens Academy and registration is required. Those individuals interested in attending please email or call Turlock Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist Michelle Backeroff for information about the course at 656-3153 or email at Registration deadline is Sept. 1.