JULY 8, 2010

OPD Citizens Police Academy

   The Orofino Police Department invites interested persons to join them for a Citizens Police Academy. The academy will run for 10 weeks on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 8 and ending Nov. 10. It is open to individuals 18 and older.

   Classes will cover various topics, such as use of force, search and seizure, traffic stops, laws of arrest and training requirements for officers. Other possibilities are the canine program, drug investigations, the technology utilized by the department and driving.

   Participants will be encouraged to do a ride-along in a police car.

   Some blocks of instruction will involve leaders from outside the police department. Plans are to make classes interesting and interactive. “This won’t be lectures and PowerPoint presentations,” Wilson said. “We want to make it where students get to participate and get some hands on training.”

   All officers in the department will participate in some capacity.

   The academy will be held with a minimum of 20 participants. Chief Wilson encourages early sign up as the class will be closed after 30 applicants have been accepted.

   Applications are available at the Police Department office, located on First Street across from Hanson Garage. They will also be posted on the police department website at

   Because of the nature of the material to be discussed and the ride along, a safety check will be completed prior to acceptance into the class. There is no charge for the academy.

   For more information contact Orofino Police Department at 476-5551.