Opelika Police Department Going Strong Three Years into their Citizens Academy Course
Have you always wondered what a day in the life of a police officer looked like? Well, here’s your chance at the Opelika Police Department’s Citizen Academy.
It’s an 8 week course, two hours every Thursday night, learning everything about what our men and women in blue do on a daily basis.
Thursday was their introduction night. They got a tour of the department and they’re setting the ground work for the classes going on until graduation.
One week, they’ll learn about what patrol officers do. Another, firearm safety.
They’ll actually put them in a firearms simulator, having them make a split second decision to pull the trigger or not.
They say if they don’t have the full trust and confidence in the citizens they serve, they don’t have anything. So, these classes are great way to show that.
“What we are trying to do is educate the citizens of Opelika. Everybody out here has had police training. That’s they’ve been trained by Hollywood, California and we are trying to show them what police work is really about instead of what people think it’s about which is a total misconception. Separate the myth from the facts,” said Cpt. Bobby Kilgore with the Opelika Police Department.
After graduation, they invite those who participated to join their alumni association.
They help out with football games and also major calls our officers have to go too. Providing them food and water and other supplies.
Officers said they are a great addition to their department.
If you want to join the next class call OPD at (334) 705-5200