Tuesday, February 5, 2013

7th Youth Citizens’ Academy


The Meridian Township Police Department is currently seeking applicants for the 2013 Youth Citizens’ Academy.  This Academy was first presented in February 2006 and was a great success.

The Academy will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm from March 14 to May 2, 2013.  The Academy is comprised of students from area high schools and is modeled after the very popular Citizens’ Academy that Meridian Township Police Department hosts in the fall.

During the seven week course, students will receive instruction in areas such as: Use of Force, Crime Scene Investigation, K-9 Operations, Traffic Enforcement, and Alcohol Enforcement.  In addition to classroom instruction, students will be given the opportunity to interact with and use many of the tools law enforcement personnel utilize every day.  Students will observe K-9 detection and apprehension activities, use “Fatal Vision” goggles to observe the effects of alcohol on coordination, utilize various non-lethal weapons and training aids (Pepper Ball, Taser, Simunitions), dust surfaces for latent fingerprints, and engage in scenario-based decision making on the Firearms Training Simulator.

This program helps foster positive relationships between officers and students and provides an increased knowledge of police work.  Applications are available at our web site www.twp.meridian.mi.us  or by contacting Sergeant Dawn Sawallich by e-mail at sawallich@meridian.mi.us