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News Release

Applications are now being accepted for the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office 2018 Citizens Police Academy.

The 20th annual Citizens Police Academy, which runs for 11 weeks, will begin Wednesday January 17th, 2018. The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is to promote a positive relationship between the Sheriff’s Office and local agencies with the communities they serve. Academy instructors will foster a clearer understanding of a police officer’s duties, how the officer carries out those duties, the results of the officer’ actions, as well as other functions in the judicial system. Courses are designed to give community members a look into the work of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, and the field of Local Law Enforcement Agency’s in general.      

“I feel this is a very valuable experience we can give to the citizens. In today’s world, it is very important to be transparent and allow the public to look at the world of Law Enforcement from behind the scenes.” Said Sheriff Daniel Abbott.      

A divers selection of course topics will be covered in the 11-week academy. Instructors describe their position functions and will be available to field questions from those instructions. Some courses involve demonstrations and exercises, where participation is voluntary. The academy will be held Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. in the lower level of the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, located at 205 S. Kalamazoo ST. Paw Paw MI 49079.

Walt Grech