1st Annual Buena Vista Citizens Police Academy

February 19, 2015

Buena Vista Police Department

PRESS RELEASE

1st Session of the Buena Vista Citizens Police Academy

Starts March 4, 2015


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Buena Vista, MI – The role of a police officer has always been of interest to the average citizen.  The film industry has capitalized on this curiosity and television shows and movies about police officers are staples in the entertainment industry, but how accurate is the information they provide about law enforcement?  The creation of the Buena Vista Citizens Police Academy will affords citizens the opportunity to learn about their local police department and take a behind the scenes look at what law enforcement work is all about. Participants also gain an insider’s knowledge of the police agency, enabling them to make informed decisions on issues affecting the police and the community.

Applications are currently being accepted for the FREE Buena Vista Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin on March 4, 2015.  Participants must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of Buena Vista or work in Buena Vista.

“The Citizens Police Academy is a free program for our community which is intended to increases the understanding and cooperation between the police and our community members,” said Chief of Police Robert Schulz.  “This education, along with the relationship established with members of the Police Department, assists in achieving the ultimate goal of community oriented policing – the reduction of crime through a stronger citizen commitment to the Police Department and the community.”  The 16 hour program format includes practical demonstrations, hands-on exercises, as well as presentations.

When the Chief and I started to discuss the possibility of the Academy it was my feeling this would be an excellent way to develop and build positive relationships with the community and the Police Department. Given the fact that we are a smaller community it’s very possible to have a personal relationship with our officers stated Broad Trustee Gregory K. Carter. I admire and respect the fact Chief Schulz wants to do this and the Board supports this initiative.

Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., March 4 through April 22, 2015. The first class will meet at the Buena Vista Township Police Department.  Citizens interested in attending need to register with the Buena Vista Police Department by February 8, 2015 by calling 989-753-7793 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:           Robert Schulz, Chief of Police (989) 753-7793