The 19th annual Christiansburg Senior Citizens’ Police Academy starts Monday, and officials say the week-long camp builds the bridge between citizens and law enforcement.
“Our vision in this community is to develop a culture where citizens trust the police,” said Mark Sisson, police chief with the Christiansburg Police.
“We feel very confident that this builds that platform.”
Eight lucky campers will have the opportunity to tour the station, go to a shooting range, go on ride alongs and watch K-9 demonstrations.
Sisson says the changing dynamic of law enforcement and the public makes for an interesting week.
“It’s interesting with the senior police academy because most of them have a different understanding of the police,” said Sisson.
“Their generation – there wasn’t a lot of citizen and police interaction. Today, that’s a strong focus of ours.”
Sisson says they will continue to host the camp in future years.
The academy, which will be held July 15-19, starts at 9 a.m.