February 14, 2009
Local residents seeking to get a look into the lives of law enforcement officers soon will have an opportunity to train with the Columbus Police Department.
The CPD is accepting applications for its sixth Citizens'' Police Academy, which will begin March 3 at the CPD headquarters. Classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. one night each week for eight weeks and will end April 28.
"We just give students in the program an overview of the duties of any law enforcement agency," said CPD Lt. Keith Worshaim, who leads the program. "We cover a lot of stuff like search and seizure, constitutional law, domestic violence and gang awareness.
"We also take the students out to the range and let them fire some of the weapons we use," Worshaim added.
Applicants must be a U.S. citizens, at least 21 years old and must sign a release authorizing a background check. The cost of the program is $75; which includes a polo shirt, a hat and course materials.
The CPD will be accepting applications until 1 p.m. on Feb. 23. Anyone interested in applying for the class is urged to visit CPD headquarters, at 1501 Main St., or call Sheila Elder at 662-244-3528 or Worshaim at 662-244-3524.
Chris commented at 2/16/2009 1:10:00 AM:
Will they be taught how to shoot unarmed men like the assistant police chief does?
Maybe a class on how to sue the City of Columbus when one has been weighed, measured and found lacking? And has repeatedly failed those particular litmus tests?
Maybe have the Mayor come teach a special class on what happens to you if you make him look like a fool?
flora commented at 2/16/2009 4:59:00 AM:
Is it that you can not recruit akenyan,a non residential?
Gerald Werner commented at 2/22/2009 9:52:00 PM:
Yeah!!! Maybe the two idiots who posted those comments above mine should go out and be law enforcement offials and wear their shoes. They literally put their lives on the line every day son that the citizens of this town can live in a safe community. They should be praised for what they do and not ridiculed.