Applications are available for Folsom’s 2016 Citizens Academy, a program for residents who want to learn how the city’s public safety agencies function.
The 11-week program, which begins March 9, will be conducted by the Folsom police and fire departments. The academy is intended to create greater understanding and trust between residents and public safety agencies, according to a Police Department news release. It also is a required basic training for the CAPS – Citizens Assisting Public Safety – volunteer program.
The Folsom Police Department will cover topics such as use of force, crime-scene investigation, identity theft, 911 reporting, traffic safety, SWAT, narcotics and domestic violence, and provide demonstrations by canine and mounted officers.
The Fire Department will teach classes on emergency medical services and disaster preparedness.
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Representatives of other city agencies will cover such topics as code enforcement, water management, and parks and recreation.
The academy is open only to Folsom residents age 21 and older. Classes will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays for 11 consecutive weeks.
Applications are available at the Police Department, 46 Natoma St., and Fire Station 35, 535 Glenn Drive, as well as on the city’s website. Completed applications must be delivered in person to the Folsom Police Department with a photo ID by Feb. 22.
For more information, call Jessica Hess, CAPS coordinator, at 916-351-3409, or visit the Folsom Police Department website.