Citizen’s Police Academy planned in Lynchburg

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Lynchburg Police Academy will have its 2021 Citizen’s Police Academy starting next month.

The seven-week academy will begin on Thursday, Aug. 26 and will meet each Thursday night between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and is intended to provide in-depth information about the department and its operations.

The academy is not designed to train anyone to be a police officer. Instead, it will expose, to the public, many of the same topics and training that officers receive so citizens can better understand how the police and criminal justice system work.

Topics that will be covered during the Citizen’s Police Academy include:

  • Mission and Values of the Lynchburg Police Department
  • Field Operations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Traffic Stop Scenarios
  • Vice and Narcotics
  • Use of Force
  • Crisis Negotiations
  • Body Cameras
  • …and more.

The classes will take place at the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy at 1200 Church Street with no charge for those attending.

Participants must commit to attending all classes barring an unforeseen emergency or illness.

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis as space is limited. Those who are applying must be at least 18 years old and in good standing with the Lynchburg Police Department and other City agencies.

A criminal background check will be conducted and people with a criminal history will not be allowed into the program.

For an application, or for more information, call Crime Prevention Specialist Cindy Kozerow at (434) 455-6145. Applications can also be picked up at the Information Desk at 905 Court Street weekdays between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Completed applications must be turned in to the Information Desk at 905 Court Street.

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