The Westfield Police Department is accepting applications for the upcoming Citizen Police Academy. City residents or those working within Westfield who meet the Academy’s admission requirements stated below are entitled to apply for this free class. The Academy will run for 12 weeks. Space is limited to 16 participants.
The Citizen Police Academy provides members of our community with an inside look at law enforcement The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to provide a greater awareness and understanding of law enforcement's role in our community and share with participants an understanding of the operations and resources of the Westfield Police Department.
The next session of the Citizen Police Academy begins on January 30, 2018, and runs through April 17, 2018. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Westfield Police Department, 15 Washington Street. There will be one Saturday class held at the firing range.
Participants will interact with police executives and veteran officers during the academy. The following areas of the Department will be covered:
Introduction, History of the Westfield Police Department and Department tourCriminal Law & The Justice SystemFinancial Crime & FraudPatrol Procedures/Citizen Response to Active ShootersDrug Identification/Crime Scene InvestigationDefensive Tactics & Use of ForceSchool Resource Officer programs and Dispatch functionsChild Abuse and Domestic ViolenceFirearm Safety Court System, Probation and ParoleCommunity Policing, Traffic and Commercial Truck EnforcementGraduation Ceremony
Potential candidates for the Citizen Academy must meet the following criteria:
21 years of ageReside in or be employed in the City of WestfieldNo prior felony arrestsNo misdemeanor arrests within two years of applicationAny other past civil/criminal involvement will be evaluated on a per case basis
Interested parties can download the application by clicking this link. Once the application is filled out, please submit it via email to email@example.com. For more information, or to pick up an application in person, please stop by the Westfield Police Department, The Community Police Resource Center at 71 Elm Street, or contact Lt. Eric Hall at 413-642-9383, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participation is limited and is first come first served. All applications must be submitted by Friday, January 26, 2018, at 4:00 pm, to be considered.