A few slots remain for the Auburn Citizens' Public Safety Academy, a program that not only seeks to build greater involvement between the public and city, but also to inform residents of the scope of the work done by the Public Safety Department.
The academy was established as the Citizens Police Academy in 1995 and later expanded and renamed to the Citizens' Public Safety Academy in 2008 to include information about all three of the department's divisions — Communications, Fire and Police.
This year's academy will include eight sessions running from March 21 to April 25, most of which will be held on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with two planned for Saturday mornings, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The sessions will cover a number of topics: an introduction to the Public Safety command staff; police recruiting/hiring; police operations and a K-9 demonstration; communications (911 and police/fire radio); firearm safety and SWAT demonstration; investigations, crime scenes; the Crime Prevention Unit; CPR training; and other topics.
The academy is open to those 18 years old or older, with enough room for 25 participants.
"Most all would benefit from this program," said Police Lt. Jonathan Ley in an email. "Those Auburn Citizens who want to learn more about their City government, anyone interested in pursuing a career in Public Safety, and anyone with some extra time and interest in developing their general knowledge base.
"People are encouraged to participate to learn more about the operation of the City of Auburn government, and we (Public Safety Department) in turn will learn from the participants about areas of concern or need for improvement."
Ley added that educating residents makes a positive impact toward crime prevention and solving crimes.
"The goals of this program are to develop a better feel for the concerns of Auburn citizens, mold citizens’ perception of our agency, and to build community involvement and relations," he said. "With feedback from the participants, we are able to better serve the public by working toward realistic expectations and by working together to address problems of the community."
Applications to partcipate in this year's Citizens' Public Safety Academy are due today.
The application is located at https://www.auburnalabama.org/police/CPSA%20Application%202019.pdf.
Completed applications may be emailed to Ley at firstname.lastname@example.org or turned in at the Public Safety Administration office at 161 N. Ross St.