Civilian Academy Gives Hands-on Look at Officers’ Jobs

Civilian Academy Gives Hands-on Look at Officers’ Jobs
Posted on 01/02/2018

Ever wonder what our members of law enforcement need to know when they are in our neighborhoods keeping us safe and secure? Here's your chance to find out, up close and personal.

Once again, CHPD is offering the Cottonwood Heights Police Civilian Academy, a 10-session program on Wednesday evenings, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., during February and March 2018. Space is limited and early sign-up is recommended for Cottonwood Heights citizens at least 18 years old and who pass a security background check.

The sessions include an introduction to the legal system that police officers work in, a tour of the Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC) that they are dispatched from, a tour of the Salt Lake County Jail, including walking among the inmates, and classes on investigation of domestic violence, gangs and narcotics enforcement, including use of K9 units.

The Lethal Force session introduces the rules governing officers' use of force, with an overview of the weapons systems and their capabilities used by officers. This includes participation in simulated real life situations where you have to decide if, or when, to deploy force.   

There is a Criminal Investigation/Evidence Collection session, including fingerprinting and Crime Scene Investigation, as well as an outdoor session on traffic enforcement and patrol tactics.

Finally, in a session on less lethal force, SWAT Team members demonstrate SWAT Team equipment and the less lethal weapons which are available to officers.

If you are interested and have 10 Wednesday evenings, email Liz Jones: