What is the Citizen’s Police Academy?
Once a year the Sausalito Police Department puts on its very own Citizen’s Police Academy. This academy is designed to provide an inside look at how the department operates. The classes focus on a host of topics such as: use of force, drug recognition, DUI investigation, officer safety and laws of arrest. One of the classes is spent at the Sausalito Fire Department, where the format is a question and answer period about the services they provide, along with a tour of their building/equipment.
All of the class participants are given the opportunity to go on two ride-a-longs, one with the night shift and the other with the day shift. This is a great way to get to know the police officers in your town on a more personal basis. The police department has gained some very dear friends through contacts made in the academy.
How do I apply? Write, call or stop by:
SAUSALITO POLICE DEPARTMENT
C/O Sergeant Stacie Gregory
29 Caledonia Street
Sausalito, CA 94965
For a Pamphlet Visit : http://www.westerling.com/vips/pamphlet.htm
“Participating in the Citizen’s Academy gave me a real feel for what police officer’s do and the challenges they face on a daily basis. After the experience it inspired me to initiate the Volunteers in Public Safety (VIPS) program in order to provide on-going support to the department,” stated Chris Gallagher. Chris was one of the first citizen’s to go through the Citizen’s Police Academy.
Titia Henneyman reflected back on her experience in the academy. “I found the Citizens Police Academy Classes overall very informative and interesting. The funniest were two that stand out in my memory. The first one, when the request came for a classmate to show up drunk at the next class! At the next class she was picked up by the police from her home after having been given plenty of her favorite beer, which she had consumed all day prior to the class. In class we were shown how one can tell by the suspect's eye movement if the person is drunk. We were shown the different procedures the police use in determining that a person is drunk and thanks to the good sport we had very informative hands on performance. The second hilarious class was when we all went to the shooting range in San Rafael. For some reason the aim of the women was less accurate than that of the men and all the male classmates would double over in mock agony, whenever a woman raised the gun to the level of the heart, but shot well below the region.”
Karin Williams, a long term Sausalito resident, participated in the academy class and is now a very active member of the VIPS. She states, “The Sausalito Citizens Police Academy provides the opportunity to see first-hand the intensity and dedication which our police officers apply on our behalf, every hour, every day. To have a glimpse into their high-intensity, very demanding world for even a few weeks' time was awesome and inspiring, and truly a privilege. Sausalito citizens should "grab the brass ring" offered to them here. It's a win-win situation.”
The academy runs for eight consecutive Wednesdays from 7:00 PM until 9:30 PM. The class is open to people who live or work in Sausalito. Anyone who is interested in attending the next Sausalito Citizen’s Police Academy should contact Sergeant Stacie Gregory at 289-4188.