The police departments of Indiana University Northwest and Gary are collaborating to bring together residents and local law enforcement officials for a free 10-week Citizens’ Police Academy in January.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to give residents and their community’s police officers an opportunity to learn more about each other and develop strong relationships between the departments and the neighborhoods they serve.
Residents who are at least 18 years old and who live or work in Gary are invited to apply. The application deadline is Dec. 28. Prior to acceptance, applicants will undergo a background check and may be asked to sit for a brief interview. The academy is limited to 25 participants at each location.
Representatives of both departments will focus the 10-week program on a different area of police work each week, including such topics as the use of force, patrol procedures, criminal investigations and the legal system. The instruction will include a combination of lectures, demonstrations, tours and hands-on activities.
To apply at the Gary Police Department, contact Commander K. Rice at (219) 881-7422 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply at IU Northwest, contact Chief Patricia Nowak at (219) 980-6501 or email@example.com. Applications can be picked up at both police departments.