Tension between police officers and the people they are meant to protect can often be difficult to manage. It is not odd for an area’s citizens to feel constrained by the law and to transfer their frustration to the good men and women who have dedicated their lives to enforcing it.
The Pennsylvania State Police have developed a program that hopes to relieve some of this tension by giving the public a better idea of what kind of training officers go through and what they experience on an everyday basis. They also wanted to provide a platform where the public has more opportunity to interact with the police, allowing them to express themselves and tell officers exactly how they feel.
Troop H of the State Police in Delta, Pennsylvania are doing their part by hosting the Citizens’ Police Academy in Delta over a 10-week period starting this October. So far the program has received 5 applicants, but troopers are hoping to receive somewhere between 30 and 40.
The academy will be held for 2 hours on Monday evening at a local community center and cover a diverse array of topics including subjects like crime patrols, investigating accidents, and interacting with the judicial system.
Troop H has experience running the academy, having run a similar program from 1999 through 2013. The program took a brief hiatus over the past 2 years but has been reinstated in the hopes that it will help to bridge the gap between law enforcement and citizens by providing the citizens with first hand knowledge.
Applicants must be 21 years old to apply and will need to have their applications in by September 23. A second set of sessions will also be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania during the same time period for those who cannot attend in Delta.