Getting a bird’s eye view of the police

Published 11:02 am Sunday, August 14, 2016

After a successful first year, the Austin Police Department hopes to build their 2016 Citizen Academy to even greater numbers this year.

Austin residents or business owners ages 21 and older are invited to take part in this year’s citizen academy. The program is designed to educate the public on area police work, build closer ties with the community and allow citizens to see what it’s like to be a police officer in Austin.

“It gives the opportunity for citizens to get bird’s eye view of trainings and education that officers have to go through,” said Police Chief Brian Krueger.

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Last year, 14 people participated and this year they hope to get 16-18.

“I think it was a great experience [last year],” said Krueger.

The academy will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11, and 18. Applications are available at the Mower County Law Enforcement Center at Main Street and Second Avenue Northeast or online at Krueger encourages those interested to register early because class size is limited.

All applicants must be Austin residents or business owners 21 years old or older and will be subject to a criminal history check, among other requirements.