The goal of the Walla Walla Police Department Citizen's Academy is to provide our community an understanding of how law enforcement agencies and the judicial system work for you. This task is accomplished through several evenings of education and interaction with members of law enforcement and the judicial community.
The Walla Walla Police Department is pleased to announce its next Law Enforcement Citizen's Academy, which will be January 30, 2019 - April 24, 2019, 6-9 p.m. Participants will spend about 3 hours in a classroom once a week for approximately 12 weeks. Registration is open until January 2, 2019, or until class limit of 30 is reached.
The Law Enforcement Citizens Academy will take place at the Walla Walla Police Department, Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, Juvenile Justice Center, Walla Walla County Superior Court building, and the WESCOM 911 Communication Center.
We encourage our graduates to continue their involvement with the Police Department by becoming volunteers. Our volunteers are involved with digital fingerprinting, radar reader board project, graffiti abatement and special events such as National Night Out. The Citizen's Academy is a great way to learn about your community, meet nice people, and get to know the men and women of law enforcement.
"The police are the public and the public are the police; the police are only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of community welfare and existence."
--Sir Robert Peel (roughly 1829)
No truer words about policing have ever been spoken and certainly ring true almost 200 years after being expressed. They certainly apply to the Walla Walla Police Department’s Citizen Academy. The Police cannot be everywhere at all times. In fact, the public wouldn’t want us to be. However, we certainly can equip community members with an understanding of what our role is and how everyone can help support the safety of our community.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and have conversations with the men and women of the Walla Walla Police Department who serve you day in and day out. You’ll get an insider’s view of what it is your police do, how they do it, and why they do it. You’ll have opportunities to ask direct questions of officers who are front line service providers. You’ll have the opportunity to go hands on with some of the tools the police use and understand when and why they would be deployed. You will be surprised how much information you’ll walk away with from the experience. Come learn about all the different facets of police work and how you can help make yourself, your family, and your community safer.