Last Thursday night I went to my first session of the "Citizens Public Safety Academy" at the Grand Junction Police Department in the Training Room. It was the first of 15 weeks and three hours every Thursday night. I'm Interested in how the Grand Junction Police Department and Fire Department Works. If you are too, this is the free course you'll want to take.

The Citizens Public Safety Academy is put on multiple times per year and only accepts 24 participants each time the program is offered. Attendance is essential as you can only miss a maximum of three session in order to graduate from the course.

First of all, you have to apply to be a participant. That's the easy part. Then they do a background check. Anything questionable in your past? You may not be accepted. If you do pass, you'll be notified in the mail. You'll need to go to the GJPD and the will take your picture for your official City of Grand Junction identification card with lanyard. You'll need it.

Our first class was on Thursday 2/20/2014, Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper gave us a welcoming presentation slide presentation about the Grand Junction Police Department and the inner working and all those involved. Next, it was Fire Chief Ken Watkins turn. He pretty much did the same thing regarding the Grand Junction Fire Department, both men interesting and funny. The rapport, sense of humor, professionalism and dedication both men have is refreshing.

I'm really excited about the next 14 weeks. We are going to learn about:

  • Patrol Operations and Crime Analysis
  • 911 communications Center
  • Emergent Medical Services
  • Criminal Investigations and C.S.I.
  • Fire Prevention and Investigation
  • Fire Response
  • Hazmat and Bomb Squad
  • Sex Offender Tracking, Missing Persons and Domestic Violence
  • Narcotics Enforcement
  • and a lot more!

Each Week I'll write a little blog on what we have learned. Maybe you'll be interested. Maybe it'll prompt you to take the course as well.


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