The Aurora Police Department (APD) has a wonderful program known as the Citizens Police academy (CPA). It is a 14-week program that meets once a week for three hours. I have had the honor of attending the most recent academy which graduates May 21, 2013.
I am certain at this point you may be asking well what is it and what goes on in class? Those are great questions. Let me answer briefly. The class is designed for individuals 18+ to get a better look into the departments and functioning of the APD.
In the section I attended I was accompanied by my mother and my youngest. We usually volunteer with Golden Gloves through the Denver Police Brotherhood Boxing program. We were first introduced three years by my sister whose husband works with the Denver Police Department.
My youngest, who is the youngest to complete the CPA, has loved her time with the CPA program. She was voted to speak at the academy graduation ceremony. My mom was able to connect with other retired citizens who obviously have a few things in common. Our interest in participating in the CPA was due to our drive to volunteer within the community, our family history in police and military.
Three hours may seem long for a class but once you are in there the time flies. The presenters change with each class. They are individuals who work in the areas being presented. For example, APD S.W.A.T. members came in and presented on their jobs and Traffic class was led by an individual who works in the Traffic unit. Other classes were on; K(, Evidence, DART, Juveniles, Drugs, gangs, to name a few. The teachers are open, friendly, and often humorous and they bring items from their unit when possible that you can look at, see a demonstration with, or even participate in. You can sense their passion and love for their job. APD has three Departments. We were able to tour all three departments, the jail, the 911 Center, and the firing range.
I would recommend this academy to anyone who has ever wondered about the inner working of a police department and all the units the average person never sees or learns about. Once you complete the academy you can become an Aurora Citizen Police Academy Alumni and become involved in many volunteering opportunities that include phones, data entry, finger printing, searches, traffic, and officer training exercises.
If you are interested in attending there are opening for the next academy. Please call Karen Rogers (303) 739-6346 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. and get the process started.