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The Mount Pleasant Police Department is accepting applications for its 2016 Citizens Police Academy. Interested residents should hurry, though, because only 20 spots are available, and judging by the popularity of the 2015 course, spaces will fill up fast.

Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 19 and can be downloaded at (under the menu title Citizen Police Academy). Applications are also available at the police department, 8811 Campus Drive, or by sending an email to Sgt. David Stroupe.

MPPD launched their first citizens academy last year after hearing for years from residents and fellow officers about how valuable one can be. With the village’s official Community Oriented Policing underway and headquartered at the Mead Street COP House in the Lakeside neighborhood, 2015 was the perfect inaugural year.

A $2,500 from Walmart helped pay for program materials in 2015. Though the press release from Mount Pleasant police Sgt. David Stroupe doesn’t indicate how the 2016 program is being funded, there is no cost for participants.

The academy runs from Sept. 6 through Nov. 22 and meets on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m. plus three Saturday classes from what Stroupe describes as “more hands-on experience.”

“(Citizens academy) 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,” Stroupe’s release reads.

During the program, participants can expect:

  • To discuss Police Officer tactics and equipment
  • Learn how to process a crime scene and vehicle crash investigations
  • Gain understanding about firearms training and police vehicle driving
  • Guest speakers from the municipal and circuit court systems, NAMI of Racine, Wisconsin State Patrol, Medical Examiner’s Office and Racine County Victim Witness office.

Class size is limited to 20 participants, and applicati