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The Ypsilanti Police Department is now currently accepting applications from interested community members for the 2017 Citizen Police Academy. Classes will meet for about (2) hours on Wednesday evenings for total of (6) weeks. Classes will be held at SPARK East Incubator at 215 W. Michigan Ave (Down Town Ypsilanti) starting March 1st 2017 from 6:00 p.m until 8:00 p.m. Participants will gain knowledge and insight about law enforcement’s role in their community. Those who are chosen will obtain the knowledge and classroom experience needed to familiarize themselves with the operations of the Ypsilanti Police Department. Specific areas of operation to be covered include:
-Police: Fact over Fiction, Perception vs. Reality.
-Police work roles and functions/ Honor guard
-Community Policing Practices / Volunteer Service Corps.
-Patrol Tactics / Detective Bureau.
-Crime Scene Investigation.
-K9 / Narcotics Investigations.
-Self-defense / SWAT Operations.
-Firsthand view via a police patrol ride along / Shooting simulator.
Those who complete the Citizens Academy may also be afforded the opportunity to join the Ypsilanti Police Department Volunteer Service Corps. Selected VSC members will work alongside the Officers of the Ypsilanti Police Department conducting limited neighborhood patrols and on special community events such as parades / festivals.
The mission of the VSC’s is to provide support to the Ypsilanti Police Department in ways that allows the Chief of Police to maximize the effectiveness of his officers and staff in the community.
Volunteers provide extra “eyes and ears” and visibility during special city events, such as parades and the Heritage Festival. They also perform walking foot patrols in the Midtown business district. When performing these duties, volunteers wear special uniforms and carry police radios. Typically, they patrol in pairs. Volunteers only observe and report. They do not intervene or make contact with anyone engaged in questionable activity. If they observe such activity, their sole duty is provide details to police officers.
Applications are available at the Police station front lobby, located at 505 W. Michigan Ave Ypsilanti MI 48197. Applications are available for pick up Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Applications will also be available to be picked up at the Ypsilanti City Hall, 1 S. Huron St. Ypsilanti MI 48197. Applications need to be submitted back to the Police Department no later than Friday, February 3rd at 3:00 p.m. For further information, contact Ofc. Tommy Porter.
D.D.A. Ofc. Tommy Porter
Ypsilanti Police Department
505 W Michigan Ave.
Ypsilanti MI 48197