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The Mount Pleasant Police Department is currently accepting applications for its 2018 Citizen Police Academy. The 12-week academy is scheduled to start Sept. 11 and run through Nov. 27. It meets once a week on Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in the Mount Pleasant police department training room. Three additional Saturday classes will be offered for more hands-on experiences.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17.

The academy provides citizens an opportunity to learn more about the role of the Mount Pleasant Police Department and its officers. “It promotes a better understanding of the expectations the community has of our department, and to provide the applicant with a better understand of the training and the role a Police Officer has in the Village of Mount Pleasant,” explained a release announcing the academy.

The academy will provide lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiences much like a new officer experience in their basic recruit training. Some of the topics to be covered are: tactics, equipment, crime scene and vehicle crash investigations, firearms training and police vehicle driving.  Guest speakers will include representatives from municipal and circuit court system, Wisconsin State Patrol, Medical Examiner’s Office and Racine County Victim Witness.

The academy is not designed to certify citizens to perform law enforcement services. It’s to provide the community with a better understanding of the responsibilities police officers have in their day-to-day role in the Village of Mount Pleasant.

Class size is limited to 20 participants. An application can be obtained at the Mount Pleasant Police Department web site (to fill out an online application), Mount Pleasant Police Department Facebook page, and Mount Pleasant Police Department lobby.

Or, contact Lt. David Stroupe

Rex Davenport

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