Slots are open for any Maumelle resident who’d like to attend the upcoming Maumelle Citizens Police Academy beginning on March 6.
Capt. Jim Hansard said space is available on a first-come basis until the class is full. He said a normal class includes 20 to 25 residents aged 18 and over who just want to learn more about the police department.
Barbara Wright, a graduate of the last class said it’s the most interesting thing she’s done since moving to Maumelle nine years ago.
She said she really enjoyed eating a dinner meal in the jail, participating in a simulated shooting exercise, a ride along with an officer in a patrol car, fingerprints and a mock homicide investigation.
Wright said the police department goes all out to make the training seem real but most of all to give them a slight impression of all the vast aspects of a modern police officer.
Hansard said the classes meet once a week on Mondays at 2002 Murphy Drive, police headquarters, for seven weeks. Any Maumelle resident is available to apply by going on the Maumelle Police Department’s website, maumellepolice.com, and completing an application or hard copies of applications are available from the dispatcher on duty.
Seven people have already signed up for the next class, Hansard said and the remaining slots should go fast because of the program’s popularity.
"This is a program we take very seriously and we really get involved to develop exceptional learning opportunities for those who attend the Academy," Hansard said.
Some of the topics on the schedule are gangs, domestic violence, fire arms training simulator, fire arms lecture, department history and overview, crime scene investigation, narcotics, school resource officers, K-9 officers, criminal investigations, internal affairs, vice and a tour of the Pulaski County Regional Detention Center .
Wright said it was a very educational experience she’d recommend to anyone interested in what’s really happening in Maumelle.
Classes start each week at 5 p.m. and are normally concluded by 8 p.m. Hansard said.