BELLEVUE – Starting March 14, the Bellevue Police Department will begin the spring session of the Community Academy, an outreach program that familiarizes participants with philosophy and methods of the city's police force.
The Community Academy runs twice annually, usually in March and October, and is free of charge. It is open to anyone who lives or works in Bellevue, is 18 years old or older and able to pass a background test. The class size is typically 20 to 30.
The Community Academy was conceived and structured as an outreach program. Participants get engaged in what police officers do in the community. Graduates of the Academy often become resident ambassadors for the Police Department.
Participants will be taught by sworn officers as well as civilian staff, all experts in their respective law enforcement fields. Topics will include patrol, community policing, traffic, gangs, recruitment and training, domestic violence, narcotics, dispatch and records, bike patrol, investigations, crimes scene analysis, forensics, SWAT, K-9 and the Bomb Squad. Hands-on experiences include firearms instruction and, for some, a ride along with an on-duty patrol officer.
Weekly classes are 7 to 10 p.m. each Wednesday, running for three months. Space is limited, with less than 10 seats remaining for the upcoming class. For more information and to print an application form, go to the Community Academy page, or contact the Academy coordinator, Sheila Evans, at 425-452-7853.
Questions can be directed to the Police public information officer by phone at 425-452-4129 or by e-mail.
Bellevue TV segment about the Community Academy
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