Last night the 25 students of the 2018 EPPD Citizens Academy completed their last session. Citizens Academy is a free six-week class that covers traffic enforcement, use of force, DWI enforcement, 911 Dispatching, K9, the SWAT team and investigations. Citizens Academy is sponsored by the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund.
During this year’s Academy, students had the opportunity to drive a cart using goggles that mimic alcohol and marijuana impairment, use SWAT team night vision equipment, participate in scenarios with the Mental Health Unit and use a Use of Force simulator to evaluate what type of force to use in video scenarios. In addition, they met the department’s K-9 teams and went behind the scenes with the department’s 911 dispatchers.
If you’re interested in participating in a future Citizens Academy, watch the department’s blog and Facebook page for registration information.