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Citizens Police Academy

by Keith Turner on August 31, 2016

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Because of a series of serendipitous events I have a spot in the Citizen Police Academy (CPA) put on by the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. This is an eleven week program were ordinary citizens have the opportunity to learn about the day to day operations of the police department. It is offered once a year and  limited to only 40 adults. The day before I inquired about it 2 people had dropped out of the course as a result a spot opened up.

This is especially relevant now because it was my intention to reformat my blog and start blogging again. This opportunity to attend the CPA therefore is the perfect time to start blogging again. It is currently a tense political climate around the police and policing in America. Gaining more knowledge about what it is like to be a police officer will be very helpful in my ability to engage in intelligent conversation around this topic.

In a less intellectual sphere some of the areas that will be covered in the class excite the more masculine part of myself. Of late I have had a lot of fun with my various explorations of a more gender bending personal expression. I do not see any of these activities as inherently masculine. They just excite the more masculine part of my personality which occasionally wants to be expressed.

Some of the subject areas covered are: [the following list comes from the UPD Website]

  • Jail Tour
  • Dispatch
  • Court House
  • Crime Lab
  • Firearms Training
  • Non-Lethal Weapons
  • Canine
  • Swat / Special Operations
  • Traffic Stops / High-Risk Stops
  • Gangs
  • Narcotics
  • Violent Crime
  • Special Victims Unit
  • Domestic Violence
  • Building Searches
  • Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CAR Team)
  • Scenario (Day in the life)

In addition this year there is a bonus class at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Range which I am really excited about. This class and the time on the gun range are a cause lots of excitement for masculine Keith.

I will be blogging about each of the classes that I attend. I look forward to gaining a better appreciation of what it is like to be a police officer as a consequence of attending CPA. For any of you who are interested you can follow along with me via my blog.