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Citizens Academy

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 Citizens Academy

Citizens Academy

Periodically the Wenatchee Police Department offers a Citizens Academy. This Academy forges a stronger partnership between citizens and the department by educating the community with regard to law enforcement issues and police policies and procedures. The Academy is a 12-week program and provides Wenatchee residents with first-hand information about how the department operates. Citizens are acquainted with law enforcement’s role in serving and protecting the community and exposed to the tasks police officers encounter in the daily performance of their duties.

Academy sessions are taught by police officers, department support personnel and other criminal justice professionals. Weekly three-hour sessions cover a range of topics including information about specialty units, patrol procedures, community-oriented policing, domestic violence, sex crimes, dispatch and records procedures, high-risk calls, use of force, career development, traffic enforcement and court procedures. The Academy instruction is usually presented in English and ends with a graduation ceremony with diplomas presented by Chief Crown.

Citizens are invited to attend the 12 week Citizens Academy to gain a better understanding of law enforcement and the Wenatchee Police Department. If an attendee wishes to continue to support the department as a volunteer, the department has a non-commissioned volunteer program that provides an array of services to the department and the citizens we serve. The Citizens Academy then serves as the basic training for members of the VIPS program.

For more information on the next Citizens Academy, or to apply, please contact Detective Erik Bakke at (509) 888-4256 or by e-mail at

Click Here to download the Citizen's Academy application form.


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