The Warrenton Community Police Academy will be limited to 20 participants who must be town residents or business owner/managers.
The Warrenton Police Department will host an eight-week program this spring to help citizens understand its operations, policies and “guiding principles of law and ethical conduct.”
Limited to 20 participants, the Warrenton Community Police Academy will begin May 12. The sessions will meet from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays through the June 30.
Class topics will include patrol operations, crime prevention, crime scene investigations and community engagement. The academy will feature lectures and interactive exercises.
The academy will be free, but “each participant will be asked to volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours per year” with the department after graduation, Officer Chai Fuller said in a press release.
A participant must be at least 21 and a resident or business owner/manager in the town. The department will conduct criminal history checks on all applicants for final approval of acceptance. Once it fills the class, enrollment will close. If vacancies occur, the department will consider other applications in the order received.
In addition to public education, the academy will seek to provide the department a “greater understanding of the views and concerns of the community,” Officer Fuller said.
The Community Police Academy will not provide any certification toward becoming a sworn police officer.