Citizen Academy Offers Unique Look ‘Inside’ Lakewood’s Police DepartmentNovember 07, 2016
The Lakewood Division of Police is offering Lakewood residents a unique opportunity to gain some first-hand information about the role of Lakewood’s safety and law enforcement department.
The Lakewood Police Citizens’ Academy is a 12-week program begins Wednesday, January 11, 2017 and continues each Wednesday through March 29, 2017. The Academy is slated to take place 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lakewood Police Department, 12650 Detroit Avenue.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is a 12-week course for Lakewood residents or people who work in Lakewood, 21 years of age or older, who are interested in learning more about the Division of Police. Classes are held once a week for two hours. There is no fee to attend. During the sessions, students are presented with information from a number of speakers to familiarize them with a variety of policing issues in Lakewood. In addition to speakers from the Division of Police, Mayor Summers, the Department of Law, and Judge Carroll also address the class. At the end of each session, the graduates are permitted to schedule a ride-along with a patrol officer for one evening.
“The Lakewood Police Department is committed to establishing close working ties with the members of the community we serve and establishing channels to be responsive to the needs and desires of our community,” said Lakewood Police Chief Tim Malley.
In addition to the Lakewood Police Citizens’ Academy, Chief Malley noted that the Lakewood Police Department develops and presents crime prevention seminars, personal safety programs, neighborhood block watch meetings, traffic and bicycle safety education programs, Autism Safety Roster, and child safety seminars. Lakewood’s Police Department also serves as a liaison with community organizations and groups through the use of foot patrol, community-oriented policing, shadowing programs and sponsoring and participating in special events designed to promote positive relationships between the police and school-age children.