Critics and supporters alike are welcome to this extended and interactive open house. Students will participate in lively debates on the roles and rules of police work. Speakers include officers and detectives working traffic law, vice, and homicide. From funny to intense, dozens of cops will impart their experiences and also give advice on how to be safer citizens.
Every student will have an opportunity to participate in a ride-along, providing a unique perspective on the day-to-day life of the men and women of the CPD. Other topics include reasonable force, probable cause, the 911 call center, the Benton County Corrections facility, and the court system.
A highlight of class will come when students are allowed to drive actual police vehicles at high speeds. The emergency vehicles operation class takes place on the department’s training course on a Saturday afternoon.
Delicious free snacks will be provided every week by area businesses!
Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. on 10 Wednesday evenings, April 2 to June 4, and a Saturday field trip for EVOC class. Students must pass a background check and be at least 16 years of age. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Applications are available at the Law Enforcement Building, 180 NW 5th Street, or online at www.corvallisoregon.gov. Applications must be turned in by Friday, March 28 for consideration. For more information, call 541-766-6863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
This is the first of two local Citizens’ Academies. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will hold a similar event in the fall. For more information, go to www.co.benton.or.us.
By Dave DeLuca