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Press Release

39th Session of the Lakes Area Citizen's Police Academy starts March 1

Release date: Thursday, January 12, 2017
Contact: David Molloy, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police 248-347-0504

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NOVI, Mich., January 11, 2017 – The role of a police officer has always been of interest to most citizens. The film industry has capitalized on this curiosity and television shows and movies about police officers are staples in the entertainment industry. But how accurate is the information they provide about law enforcement?

The creation of the Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy 19 years ago affords citizens the opportunity to learn about their local police department and take a behind the scenes look at what the criminal justice system is all about. Participants gain an insider’s knowledge of the police agency, enabling them to make informed decisions on issues affecting the police and the community. The Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy is a joint venture between the Novi, Walled Lake, South Lyon, Wolverine Lake, and Wixom Police Departments.

Applications are currently being accepted online for the FREE Lakes Area Citizens Police Academy, scheduled to begin on March 1, 2017. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of one of the participating jurisdictions.

"The Citizens Police Academy is a program which increases the understanding, cooperation, and trust between the police and our community members," said Novi Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police David Molloy. "This education, along with the relationships established with members of the Police Department, assists in achieving the ultimate goal of community oriented policing – the reduction of crime through stronger citizen commitment, and building public trust with the Police Department and the community."

The 30-hour program includes practical demonstrations, hands-on exercises and presentations. Participants will tour the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office along with the 52-1 District Court. They will also view a K-9 demonstration, hands on experience at the Novi Firearms Training Center and have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with a police officer.

Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9pm, March 1 through May 10, 2017. The first class will meet at the Novi Police Training Center. The registration deadline is February 15, 2017. For more information contact Scott Baetens, Detective Sergeant, at 248.347.0530.