The public will have an opportunity to learn how the Millsboro Police Department and associated agencies operate, during a nine-session Citizens’ Police Academy course this fall.
Classes will begin Oct. 15 and continue until Dec. 10, taking place on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. The first meeting will be at the Millsboro police station, at 307 Main Street.
There is no charge, but registration is required by Oct. 1. Applications are available at the police department or online at www.millsboropd.com. Completed applications can be dropped off, e-mailed or faxed.
Topics, to be taught by various officers, will include courtroom procedures, the process of becoming a police officer in Delaware, crime scene processing and judicial proceedings. Starting a community watch program will also be discussed.
Participants will tour the Sussex Correctional Institution, the state medical examiner’s office and the Sussex County dispatch center.
“The police department loves doing this type of thing. It helps the public understand what we’re doing and helps to bridge the gap. It builds that insurance in the police, so we don’t have to explain so much. It’s an important two-way communication,” said Detective David Moyer.
Next year, he said, the police department hopes to expand and also offer a course designed for youth.
By Susan Canfora