The Benton Police Department would much off Citizens Police Academy on September 21st. This is the 17th year of providing citizens an in-depth, first-hand look at what it’s like to be an officer. Applications are now available online at bentonpolice.org or at 114 S. East St., Suite 100. The academy is free and open to anyone 18 and older with no felony convictions. Seating is limited.
Session topics include:
- Mock traffic stops
- K-9 officers
- Criminal investigations
- Shooting Range
Organizers say every year takes on its own personality, but one theme remains constant – fun.
“Law enforcement is obviously a serious job, but we like to keep it fun at the same time,” said Captain Kevin Russell, “and for the purposes of this class, we definitely don’t like to burden participants, so we keep it lighthearted while allowing them to learn and experience the detailed duties of a police officer.”
Lieutenant Quinton Jackson is coordinating this year’s academy and noted participants will be introduced to a variety of topics such as criminal investigation, patrol functions, narcotics, school resource, crime prevention, traffic stops, K-9 and firing range.
“Participants will have no trouble finding something that interests them, and usually, it’s more than one thing. We invite you to sign up if you’re even the least bit curious.”
The classes will take place on seven consecutive Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. beginning September 21st, and will include one Saturday. The deadline to apply is September 17th. Complete the application at this link:
or print out the image below to complete and email it to [email protected] or turn in at to the department at 100 S. East Street in Benton. For inquiries, contact BNPD at 501-776-5948 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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