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May was time for a significant graduation about which not many Arvada citizens were aware. On May 23 another class of the Arvada Citizens Police Academy was graduated and another will be starting soon. Be sure to check out the city of Arvada website for more information. For several years the Arvada Police Department has offered a behind the scenes class for its' citizens covering almost every aspect of police work. Similar classes are offered by other cities and the Jefferson County Sheriff's office.
The class was three hours long each Tuesday evening for 11 weeks. This time commitment was well worthwhile. Most of the classes included some sort of hands on activity. We started with an extensive tour of the police department, we went everywhere.
Some of the areas of police work covered were: Narcotics; police response teams; weapons, (including a shooting simulator); how to make a traffic stop, we examined the police vehicle inside and out; investigations; sex offenders; school resource officers; victim outreach; crime lab; and we ended with a K-9 demonstration. The new police dog is only two years old and I think he was a lot friendlier than the officer would have liked.
One of the highlights was the optional police ride along. Some of us had a pretty exciting time and others not so exciting. The professionalism and confidence of the officers was quite reassuring.
The depth and amount of knowledge required to perform as an officer is amazingly extensive. We came away from the class with a whole new respect for our police department and our officers who put themselves in harm's way every day. This class is an eye opener for any concerned Arvada citizen.
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