University Place police offers Citizens Academy

The City of University Place Police Department invites the public to attend a special Citizens Academy that will focus on numerous issues related to public safety and criminal justice in University Place.

Especially timely given recent events around the country, this seven-week series will cover a multitude of topics and provide citizens with insights into some of the challenges — and opportunities — facing modern law enforcement officers.

The academy will kick off on Monday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. with an overview presentation by U.P. Police Chief Mike Blair, who will provide an introduction to policing in the city and offer a preview of the other content to be covered in subsequent weeks, which includes:

Protecting yourself and your property

Patrol procedures and the use of force

Nine flashpoints in American policing

Legalized marijuana and its impact on public safety

South Sound 911 communications and Pierce County canine operations

Personal gun ownership in America

“We hope to see many residents, business owners, rental property representatives and anyone else — students, retirees, city staff — at these sessions. Our goal is to help keep the lines of communication open and help people understand what law enforcement today faces, including simulated shooter situations, by allowing participants to test their reactions by using the very same equipment our officers use in annual trainings,” said Blair.

All sessions will be held at U.P. Police headquarters in the Civic Building (3609 Market Place W.) Registration for the free seven-week series will continue through noon on Monday, Oct. 3. Call Jennifer Hales, 253-798-3141 to enroll. On the web:

– University Place Police Department