Tribune-Courier General Manager
HICKORY — Western Kentucky residents have an opportunity to learn about the business of the Kentucky State Police with its Citizen’s Police Academy.
The 10-week program meets at the KSP’s Post 1 in Hickory. Students will meet every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 26 and concluding on April 30.
“The 10 sessions are broken down into several topics,” Trooper Jay Thomas, public information officer at Post 1, said. “They will learn about crime investigations, receive an introduction to our command staff and the Kentucky State Police and learn about the legal aspects of crime, including misdemeanors, felonies and about the courts process.”
Other topics include commercial vehicle enforcement, drug and narcotics operations, patrol and traffic operations including accident reconstruction and specialty divisions like K9 and the Special Response Team.
Classes will be taught by qualified KSP troopers and civilian personnel trained on the subject matter. For instance, a crash scene reconstruction expert will explain how accidents happen and how they are investigated. The Western Kentucky Regional Forensics Laboratory will also send a technician to show how evidence is processed and tests are conducted.
“We started the program about four years ago. We’re letting citizens and regular people get an inside look at the KSP,” Thomas said. “The KSP is not using this for an increase in manpower in case of emergency, but it’s more like an awareness campaign to find out what we do.”
Thomas added the Citizen’s Police Academy is a good opportunity for residents interested in a possible career to get a taste for KSP activities without enrolling in the Kentucky Police Academy.
“It’s a good way to allow the public to see beyond the car and traffic stops,” Thomas said. “Participants in the academy will get a ride-along and see the daily life of a trooper and what we do. It’s an eye-opening experience that improves community relations.”
Applications can also be obtained by visiting http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/posts/post1.htm. Anyone 18 years of age living within the Kentucky State Police, Post 1 district is welcome to apply. There is no cost to attend. Class size will be limited to the first 30 approved applications.