Brookhaven, GA, August 11, 2016 – by Trey Benton – As an extension of the highly successful Brookhaven Citizens Police Academy (CPA), a free ten-week program that provides an inside look at how the Police Department works, Chief Gary Yandura is working to form a Citizens on Patrol (COP) program. Plans are to offer interested participants who have already completed the initial 10-week CPA program, an opportunity to receive advanced training to prepare them to aid Police in their communities.
“They will be patrolling their own communities,” Chief Yandura says. “They won’t be armed…they will just be extra eyes and ears.” He says the Police Department will provide these COP’s with an unmarked vehicle and a Police radio so that if they see something, they can radio in and Officers can check out the situation.
After receiving specific training, some of the areas COP’s traditionally assist Police include patrols, assistance directing traffic at accident scenes and public events, and conducting checks on businesses and residences when their owners are out of town.
Brookhaven Police Department is now accepting applications for their fourth Citizen’s Police Academy, which is open to anyone 21 years of age or older who lives or works in Brookhaven. A criminal background check will be performed on all applicants. The Police Department reserves the right to deny enrollment to those with a criminal history.
For more information on the Citizens Police Academy, go here.