Avon and Somerset Police is opening its doors to the public via the Citizens’ Academy, a new and innovative way to experience first-hand the day to day workings of the police.
Following a successful pilot in 2016, the first in a series of 10 week programmes kicked off this week offering a selected group of people exceptional insight into policing in Avon and Somerset – from understanding different police roles such as forensic investigation and the use of firearms and internet safety - to getting a glimpse into the challenges we face from different crimes, including domestic abuse and hate crime.
Superintendent Andy Bennett, Force Lead for Participation in Policing said: “We are committed to providing opportunities for the public to participate in policing and the Citizens’ Academy is a great way to do this.
“We hope it will be win-win - by providing participants with the chance to understand more about what we do and why we do it - and we hope it will benefit our communities by inspiring a new generation of citizen leaders who might work alongside us as part of a Neighbourhood Watch or an Independent Advisory Group”.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The Citizens’ Academy is a great opportunity for local people from different communities, backgrounds and with different life experiences, to gain a better insight into policing.
“The aim of the Academy is to give local people first-hand experiences into the policing service; what it’s like to be an officer, what it’s like to investigate a crime and the challenges experienced daily by the police across Avon and Somerset.
“There is also the opportunity to get involved with our volunteer programmes as well as supporting your community to be safe and feel safe. I wish the latest intake of individuals well on their journey, to finding out more about all that Avon and Somerset has to offer.”
Participants in the 2016 Citizens’ Academy pilot said:
“Citizens’ Academy has really shaped the way I see policing and my respect for Avon and Somerset Constabulary has risen immensely…I would encourage anybody to join Citizens’ Academy to learn more and possibly get involved.”
“This has opened my eyes to what goes on and the potential to get involved”.
The first Academy programme will run from 9th May – 11th July 2017 but we have a number of applicants on a waiting list for the next course, so if you would like to take part in a future programme please register your interest at: www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/newsroom/features/do-you-want-to-know-what-the-police-do
or email CitizensAcademy@avonandsomerset.police.uk
Posted on Thursday 11th May 2017