On Saturday, December 5, the Salt River Police Department hosted its 11th Annual Citizen’s Police Academy. All 14 participants spent the day receiving information ranging from a variety of topics including our canine unit, Traffic Enforcement Bureau, rangers, use of force, professional standards, crime scene investigations, tribal jurisdiction and Professional Standards Bureau.
Those in attendance included members of the Law Enforcement Commission, Community residents, department employees and employees of other SRPMIC departments.
The highlight for many attendees was the opportunity to go through the department’s MILO Classic Training System, which is an advanced computerized, interactive simulator allowing participants to engage in virtual threat scenarios on a high resolution video screen.
Unlike in years past, this academy changed its format from nine weeks to one day, to try and accommodate everyone’s busy schedules. Based on the participant feedback, the new format was a success, with everyone stating they would recommend the program to a friend.
“We wanted to make sure we provided the same high quality program our Community has come to expect in this one-day format. We are excited about its success and will be looking to see how we can add some more dates in the future,” said SRPMIC Police Chief Patrick R. Melvin.