Would you like to learn more about the inner workings of Grand Junction's Police Department? Here are five reasons why you should consider participating in the Citizens Police Academy.

The Grand Junction Police Department is accepting applications right now. Some friends of mine participated in this program years ago, and they've all said it was one of the best things they've ever done. Perhaps this will be right up your alley.

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What They Do

According to the Grand Junction Police Department's official webpage:

If you have ever wondered what it takes to operate a law enforcement agency, how we make critical decisions, how we spend taxpayer dollars, or just what it’s like to be an officer in Grand Junction, this class is for you.

The Grand Junction Citizens Police Academy is a free, fun, and informative 10-week program designed to provide citizens with comprehensive information about the operations of the Grand Junction Police Department, often not known by the public. It is our hope that the information provided will foster a relationship that will assist in a safer community and a more informed body of citizens.

Word On The Street Is This Program is Awesome

A good friend of mine participated in this program a few years ago. He was flat-out passionate about it. What exactly do they cover with this program? Topics include:

  • Patrol Operations
  • Body-worn cameras
  • Sex offender tracking and registration
  • Drug Task Force
  • Media Relations
  • Forensic investigations
  • School Resource Officers
  • SWAT
  • K9s
  • Firearms Training Simulations
  • Grand Junction Regional Communication Center

Seriously... SWAT? Yep, that's what it said. The 2022 course runs from September 15 to November 17, 2022. Meetings are held Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Junction Police Department. One exception will be an off-site session scheduled for Saturday afternoon, November 5, 2022.

Not Like In The Movies

Whenever I hear the words "Police Academy," this is the first thing to enter my mind.

I'm confident the course offered by the Grand Junction Police Department is nothing like that.

Might Just Be What You're Looking For

Here's a short list of my own personal reasons for believing this program might be something you'd enjoy:

Waylon's Top 5 Reasons You Should Consider This Program

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Class size is limited, so please apply as soon as possible. Before you can participate you'll need to fill out an application. You can download the application or pick up a copy at the Grand Junction Police Department at 555 Ute Avenue. The selection of participants will be at the discretion of the Grand Junction Police Department. Applicants will receive a response within three weeks.

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