The Hotchkiss Marshal's department will offer a Citizens' Police Academy beginning in early June. Taught by Marshal Dan Miller and Deputy Gates Shaklee, the free eight- to 10-week course is open to all county residents over 18. Classes will be held during the evenings and will cover several aspects of police work including dispatch, patrol, K-9, crime scene investigation, evidence collection, traffic enforcement and accident investigation, narcotics, firearms and more.
The program has been offered throughout the country, said Miller. "We've had a lot of interest and we've had a lot of interest in our Neighborhood Watch Program over the last couple of years." The program helps participants be more aware of what's happening in the community and can help law enforcement and Neighborhood Watch in many ways, added Miller. Students who complete at least 80 percent of the classes will receive a certification of completion.
Applications will be available at Hotchkiss Town Hall beginning in early May, and applicants must submit to fingerprinting and a criminal background check. Class is limited to 20 participants. Those interested can contact the marshal's office at 872-3848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.