CHPD Citizen Academy Begins April 4, Sign Up Now!

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Sign Up Now for the CHPD's First Citizen Academy, Thursdays This April
Columbia Heights police will be offering residents a behind-the-scenes look into the department’s operations this April. The inaugural Citizen Academy kicks off at the Columbia Heights Public Safety Building April 4 and will cover topics including de-escalation techniques, training methods, community oriented policing, and use-of-force.

“These classes will help give residents more insight into what we do and, just as importantly, what we don’t do as part of our job,” said Chief Lenny Austin.

Citizen academies are becoming more common lately, he said, and there have been a lot of requests to provide a program like this in Columbia Heights.

The four-part course will be held Thursday evenings, 6-8:30, throughout April. Each night will cover a different set of topics and feature multiple presenters. 

The Citizen Academy is designed for area residents who live or work in Columbia Heights and are at least 16 years old. Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for a demonstration of the department’s firearms range and laser-shot decision-making system.

Contact Officer Bill Monberg at 763-706-8142 or BMonberg@columbiaheightsmn.gov to reserve a spot.