Citizens' Academy gives people a glimpse of police life

Posted at: 08/19/2013 6:33 PM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Farmington police are offering a 12-week class to show the public what it's like to be a police officer.

Have you ever wanted to see how the bomb squad deals with explosions, or how they use their robots, or what it's like to work in the K-9 unit?

These of the kinds of classes the Farmington Police Department offers in its Citizens' Academy.

"Even if they don't want to be a police officer but they want to learn what a police officer’s job is,” said cadet Brittany Faverino-Johnson.

It’s also a good experience for people thinking about becoming a police officer.

Like Brittany Faverino-Johnson. She went through Citizens' Academy and is now a cadet for Farmington police.

She hopes to become a part of the K-9 unit someday.

"I love animals and I always wanted to be a police officer so it would be the best of both worlds," she said.

Ashley Cordova went through Citizens' Academy this past spring, and liked hands-on activities like putting on the bomb suit and controlling the robots.

"It was kind of hard. It takes a lot of skill trying to control them and make sure you’re going in the right direction," said Cordova.

She plans to apply for the next police academy.

“I’m preparing I want to be fully and 100 percent prepared."

And both of them agree joining Citizens' Academy was the first step in achieving their dreams.

Farmington police are accepting applications for their next academy in September. The classes are on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:30. If you're interested in applying, click here.

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