What is the Citizen Police Academy?
The Citizen Police Academy is a look into the values, philosophy, and operations of the Ross Township Police Department. Designed for the residents of Ross Township, the Academy educates citizens about the "how and whys" of the Department, and the citizen's role in the Community-Oriented Policing philosophy. Students are expected to share this realistic view of the Department with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in their neighborhoods through shared responsibilities and resources.
What topics are covered?
A wide variety of topics are included in the Citizen Police Academy. Citizens examine training and related issues. The application of the Community-Oriented Policing philosophy will be discussed. The topics will address both parts of the Department-those that are seen by the public and those areas seldom seen.
What is the purpose?
The purpose of the Ross Township Citizen Police Academy is to provide information to the citizens who attend so they may make informed judgments about the department and police activity. Understanding can dispel suspicions and misconceptions and increase police/community rapport through this educational process. The Department, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the students. This will help to establish open lines of communication and cooperation in our shared goal of achieving the best police service for the citizens of Ross Township.
When is the academy?
The Citizen Police Academy meets on Monday evenings for three (3) hours starting in the Fall of 2021. The Academy runs for eleven (11) weeks and is held at Ross Township Police Department at 4055 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Fairfield, Oh 45014. Classes meet from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and require a substantial commitment from the student. Any student who misses more than two meetings will not be able to graduate. There is no cost to the students. Casual clothing is recommended.
Who can apply?
Persons 21 years old and older, persons involved in community activities, block watches, owners of businesses within Ross Township, township residents, and of this group, those able to make a commitment to attend the eleven week course.