Learn about inner workings of police department

Greenwood Village academy open to anyone meeting standards


South Denver metro area residents can learn more about the Greenwood Village Police Department and its efforts to keep the community safe at the department's upcoming Citizens Academy.

The academy is free and will take place Feb. 20 to May 14.

Too often the portrayal of police officers on television is the only perception many have about police officers. These classes are designed to give participants a better understanding of the police department by sharing day-to-day practices. Graduates leave with a greater awareness of police operations and problem-solving efforts.

Courses offered during the academy offer hands-on participation. The DUI Investigation class, for example, includes driving a golf cart through traffic cones while wearing “Fatal Vision” goggles to simulate how a person feels while driving under the influence of alcohol. Participants also will see firsthand how the forensics of crime scene investigation are done during the mock crime scene and criminal investigation class.

A firearms safety session offers instruction on gun safety, and everyone is given the opportunity to shoot a handgun, shotgun, and semi-automatic rifle. This session also includes a computer-based firearms training simulator that places the student in video-based training scenarios where split second decisions to shoot or not shoot must be made. Participants see firsthand the complexity of decision-making used by police officers.

Additional classes cover a wide range of law enforcement topics including patrol services procedures, investigations, 911 center operations, emergency rescue team and traffic enforcement. Participants will tour the Greenwood Village Police Department and have the opportunity to receive training in CPR. Everyone attending is also encouraged to accompany a police officer on a ride-along during a patrol shift.

The Citizens Academy is free and open to anyone, not just residents of Greenwood Village. The classes consist of 12 sessions followed by a graduation. Classes take place from 6-9 p.m. Thursday evenings at City Hall. Two optional Saturday classes are scheduled and those dates will be provided the first day of class. The final session ends with a celebration for class graduates and their guests.

To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age or older; have no felony convictions and give consent for a background check as part of the application process; and have no misdemeanor convictions within one year of application. Any requirement may be waived or modified upon review and approval by the police chief.

To register for this year's Citizens Academy and for information, contact Officer Rodney Valenzuela at 720-554-5161 or rvalenzuela@greenwoodvillage.com.

To fill out the application and or further information, go to https://greenwoodvillage.com/1396/Citizen-Academy.


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