Opportunity to join Warwickshire Police Citizens’ Academy

Warwickshire Police is offering a new and exciting opportunity to learn about what the police do and see first hand, the day-to-day workings of your local police force. The Citizens’ Academy, as the programme is known, will offer a selected group of people a unique insight into how the different departments within Warwickshire Police work to protect people from harm, and improve the quality of life for the residents of Warwickshire.

Warwickshire Police is inviting members of the public, over 18 years of age, who are interested in policing and would like to find out more about how, as citizens, they can positively support the work of the police and their partner agencies, to apply. The first Citizens’ Academy will be held in Rugby on 16th September 2014. Successful applicants will take part in a 10 week programme consisting of lectures and demonstrations provided by police officers, police staff and supporting agencies and organisations. Classes will take place at Rugby College, Technology Drive, Rugby from 6.30pm – 8.30pm every Tuesday evening, with the final session taking place on 25th November 2014.

The aim of the course is to open up communication between the community and the police, educate the public about police procedures, reduce the fear of crime and increase personal safety. It is hoped that those who attend the Citizens’ Academy will then be able to pass on their experiences and increased knowledge to the rest of the community, or take up the chance to become Special Constables or volunteers with the police or other agencies.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Ron Ball, said:
It is really important that people understand the challenges facing policing and how the police are tackling them on their behalf. Citizens’ Academies are an excellent way of strengthening links between the public and the police. I am delighted to be funding the very first Citizens’ Academy in Warwickshire and give it my full support”.

Superintendent Martin Samuel, North Warwickshire Area Commander said:
I am delighted to launch our first Citizens’ Academy which will be held in Rugby this autumn. I hope that we get a lot of interest in the programme and that the public will want to get involved. It promises to be a most interesting and informative 10 weeks for people who wish to positively engage with their police force”.

The course will cover a range of policing areas including crime prevention and detection, recording crimes and incidents, road safety, forensic investigation, police use of firearms, internet safety, and the role of Safer Neighbourhood Teams and other key departments. However, participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.

Attendees who complete the programme will ‘graduate’ from the Citizens’ Academy and their participation will be recognised with a formal ceremony.

If you live in Warwickshire, are at least 18 years of age and would like to apply to be part of this exciting new venture, please email citizensacademyapplications@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk to request an application form. Alternatively, you can collect an application form from the front counter at Rugby Police Station, Newbold Rd, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2DH.

You can also download an application form here:
Application Form – Rugby

Places are limited and criteria will be applied to the selection process. Rugby residents will be given priority and successful applicants will be subject to security checks.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 2nd September 2014.


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