Anderson Police to Offer Citizen Training
By Stuart Hirsch – The Herald Bulletin
September 2, 2016
ANDERSON — Hoping to build better rapport with the community it serves, the Anderson Police Department is launching a “Citizens Academy” that will provide an insider’s view of what it takes to protect and serve.
The academy will be held every Saturday morning from Sept. 10 through Oct. 15.
During those six weeks, academy students will learn the process of taking police reports and assigning cases to investigators, and preparing for court.
In addition, participants will learn about crime scene processing and experience demonstrations from the department’s K-9 dogs and SWAT team members.
Students will also learn about defensive tactics and the use of deadly force, and will have an opportunity to use a shooting simulator.
There will also be guest speakers and a mock trial.
Assistant Police Chief Mark Cole, who is organizing the program, said the classes used to be conducted years ago, but were abandoned.
Cole said he hopes the program will attract participants who may not have a positive view of the police department.
But such programs “benefit us, especially in the world that we live in today,” Cole said.
There is no cost to participate in the program, but the class size is limited to 30 people.