Michigan State Police offers 'Citizens Academy' program

If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a police officer, now you have the chance. Michigan residents are getting the opportunity to learn what it takes to put on the uniform.

The Michigan State Police program called Citizens Academy gives citizens a first-hand look at the state police’s daily operations.

During the eight-week course, topics of instruction include an orientation to the state police, patrol and dispatch procedures, introduction to first aid, understanding their use of force, personal safety, traffic safety, criminal investigations and drug awareness

“It builds a more healthy relationship so they have a better understanding of law enforcement,” said Maurice Burton, a Michigan State Police trooper.

In the past, citizens have taken a lot away from the program.

“Some of them have been great assistance in helping us solve some crimes because they understand that it’s important because we’re riding in a neighborhood with them,” said Burton.

The program starts on September 6th at 6 p.m. at the Michigan State Police post in Niles. A graduation ceremony for all participants will be held on November 1st. The program is free. 

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