28 community members graduated from the 25th annual MVPD Citizens Academy

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***Press Release***

Last Thursday evening, 28 community members graduated from the 25th annual MVPD Citizens Academy. During the 12 week program, students learned about the many facets of policing in Mount Vernon.

Presenters were mostly staff from the police department, but also included staff from Skagit 911, Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, as well as volunteers from the COPP program.

Academy students also had an opportunity to do a ride along with an officer and observe a dispatcher in action. Additionally, the class took a tour of the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

Mock scenes are also a highlight of the academy each year. This year students got to make a traffic stop, process a crime scene, try on tactical gear and work through shoot/don’t shoot scenarios on the firearms simulator.

We thank each community member for taking time out of their busy schedule’s to learn about MVPD and the things they can do to keep Mount Vernon a safe and enjoyable community.

Applications are now being accepted for Citizens Academy 26, which will run from February 6-April 23, 2020.

http://mountvernonwa.gov/FormCenter/Police-7/Citizens-Academy-Application-52

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