The Citizens’ Academy is a multi-week program conducted one time a year with an average of 8 to 12 students. All classes are instructed by police personnel and there is no cost to the student. This program is designed to familiarize citizens’ with the who/what/why/how of Steamboat Springs Police procedures and to provide an opportunity to interact and ask questions of local law enforcement. The academy does its best to reflect current themes and topics and encourage discussion of how the police operate.
Classes take place every Wednesday, April 26-June 10, from 5:30-7:30PM for seven weeks. The following provides an example of possible topics.
|Introduction||Chief of Police provides overview of the Academy and the Steamboat Springs Police.|
|Use of Force/Procedure, Use of Force Decision Making, Officer Mindset||Firearms Training Simulator.|
|Vehicle Contacts. Traffic Stop Procedures, Videos||Vehicle Contact Scenarios|
|Self Defense - Krav Maga||Participants will learn the current self-defense techniques used by SSP.|
|Driving||Participants will have the opportunity to drive a patrol vehicle through different scenarios and obstacles.|
|Crime Scene Investigation||Mock Crime Scene. Participants will enter into a mock crime scene and work to solve the crime.|
|Drug Recognition & DUI Enforcement||Participants will learn how to evaluate the sobriety of an individual and perform test on an intoxicated person.|
|K-9 Demo||Watch a demonstration from the Routt County Sheriff Office’s K-9 Unit.|
|Evening at the Gun Range||Firearms safety, firearm use overview, then live fire (handgun, shotgun and rifle).|
|Graduation||Dinner supplied with Steamboat Springs Police!|