Register now for Citizens Police Academy

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Pella Police badge (photo from PPD Facebook page)

The next session of the Pella Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is set to begin Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. Classes will be held for eight weeks from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday nights.

“I just want people to know what we do,” Officer Shawn Veenstra said. There is room in the class for up to 20 participants. Registration deadline is Sept. 13.

Among the knowledge participants will gain is how to process a crime scene. Toward the end, a crime scene will be set up and students will be allowed to process it and solve the crime.

The PPD has been doing this for at least five years. Veenstra says he has enjoyed it very much. Though it is a lot of work, he receives help from his fellow officers. All of them have the goal of reaching out to the community and providing an opportunity for the public to understand some of what it takes to be a police officer.

“I could talk all day about (the class),” Veenstra said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Students should be at least 18 years old. Registration forms are available at the PPD dispatch window, or by clicking here.