Community members are on their fourth week of learning the ins and outs of the Pella Police Department at the Citizen Police Academy.

The purpose of the academy is to foster a strong and lasting relationship between the Pella Police Department and the community by allowing citizens to engage in hands-on training and experience the occupational rigors shared by law enforcement professionals.

The academy is an eight-week program focusing on narcotics, criminal investigations, patrol practices, defense tactics, communication center operations, firearms, traffic laws and search and seizure. Classes include presentations and interactive activities, such as building searches, collision investigations, firearms, crime scene investigation and defensive tactics.

This is the seventh academy the department has offered, and Lieutenant Paul Haase is happy to see an interest in what the police department does. With 20 participants making this the department’s largest class ever, Haase is glad to see that interest continues to grow.

Emily Hawk can be reached at ehawk@pellachronicle.com or by calling the newsroom at 641-628-3882.

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