Police Citizens Academy
In response to popular demand, the Port of Seattle Police Department’s Citizens Academy will resume this spring. This is a unique opportunity to get an up-close look at the department, the services it provides and the work of its officers and detectives. The 10-week course is held Tuesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., beginning April 1, at Sea-Tac Airport.
Police officers and civilian personnel with expertise in law enforcement will instruct. Attendees will hear about insights and first-hand experiences ordinarily not shared with the public. Subjects will include: Patrol operations, explosive detection K-9 demonstrations, marine patrol, SWAT, bomb disposal, evidence collection at crime scenes, detective work and much more.
Graduates form a growing nucleus of well-informed citizens who appreciate the problems and challenges facing local law enforcement. These trained citizens provide informed feedback that helps police officers and residents work together to find realistic solutions to community problems.
The Citizens Academy is free to participants, who must be at least 18 years of age, pass a background check, and commit to attending the two-hour session each week. Port employees must have the endorsement of their supervisor. Space is limited to 30.