Would you like to learn more about the inner workings of Grand Junction's Police Department? Here are five reasons why you should consider participating in the Citizens Police Academy.

The Grand Junction Police Department is accepting applications right now. Friends of mine participated in this years ago, and they've all said it was one of the best things they've ever done. Perhaps this will be right up your alley.

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What They Do

According to the Grand Junction Police Department's official webpage:

If you have ever wondered what it takes to operate a law enforcement agency, how we make critical decisions, how we spend tax payer dollars, or just what it’s like to be an officer in Grand Junction, this class is for you. The Grand Junction Citizens Police Academy is a free, fun, and informative 10 week program designed to provide citizens with comprehensive information about the operations of the Grand Junction Police Department, often not known by the public. It is our hope that the information provided will foster a relationship that will assist in a safer community and a more informed body of citizens.

Word On The Street Is This Program is Awesome

A good friend of mine participated in this program a few years ago. He was flat-out passionate about it. What exactly do they cover with this program? Topics include:

  • Patrol Operations
  • Body-worn cameras
  • Sex offender tracking and registration
  • Drug Task Force
  • Media Relations
  • Forensic investigations
  • School Resource Officers
  • SWAT
  • K9s
  • Firearms Training Simulations
  • Grand Junction Regional Communication Center

Seriously... SWAT? Yep, that's what it said. The course runs from March 28 to May 18, 2024. Meetings are held on Thursday (and one Saturday) evenings at the Grand Junction Police Department.

Reasons Why You Should Participate

These are my top five reasons why you should join:

  • It's a closer look at a potential career path you may want to consider
  • Get a deeper understanding of police work and the day-to-day lives of those in law enforcement
  • Build a stronger appreciation for law enforcement
  • It's a better investment of your time than hanging around the mall
  • Everyone I know who has ever taken this course says it's one of the best things they've ever done.

Class size is limited, so please apply as soon as possible. Before you can participate you'll need to fill out an application. You can download the application or pick up a copy at the front counter at the Grand Junction Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue during regular business hours. The selection of participants will be at the discretion of the Grand Junction Police Department. You will receive notification regarding your application and acceptance to the Academy.

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