DELAWARE – Enrollment is under way for the Delaware Citizens Academy and the Delaware Citizens Police Academy.
The Delaware Citizens Academy is a program in which Delaware residents receive nearly 20 hours of instruction and learn about city operations and departments. The Academy begins February 14 and consists of nine classes, running from February to late May. Classes run 6-8 p.m. about twice a month, usually on Thursdays. At the end of the program enrollees will be more educated about their city and better able to participate in and impact local government. There is no charge to attend. Class size is limited to 20 and the class fills quickly. The Academy, in its fourth year, has proven to be an excellent way for residents to tour city facilities, meet behind-the-scenes department heads and become more involved in our community. Applications and the schedule are available here and at City Hall, on the first floor or second floor. The application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, February 8. For more information, phone or email Community Affairs Coordinator Lee Yoakum at 740-203-1015.
The Delaware Citizens Police Academy gives enrollees a taste of what police work is all about. The 11-week academy begins February 12 and meets Tuesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. The academy educates residents on topics relative to the police officer in our community. The academy is not intended to make citizens into police officers. Students of the academy are instructed on such topics as criminal law, patrol procedures, criminal justice system, drug investigation, traffic stops, building searches, firearms, and criminal investigation. Citizens who complete the academy will be given the opportunity to volunteer for the Delaware Police Department by joining the alumni association. For more information or to enroll, click here or phone or email Officer Rita Mendel at 740-203-1132.