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Sheriff, police chiefs bringing back Citizens Police Academy in the fall.
Andy Ouriel
Jun 6, 2013


Local law enforcement revive course designed to educate residents on the inner workings of the police world. 

Chiefs, captains, commanders and others representing four law enforcement agencies in Erie County will offer the free program to anyone who’s interested.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Office and Sandusky Police Department offered a free Citizens Academy in the mid-2000s, but the program dissolved when interest waned.

It seems people are once again curious about local law enforcement, and they want a behind-the-scenes look at exactly what goes on.

“I envisioned a cooperative learning experience for both the community participants and law enforcement personnel,” Sandusky city commissioner Diedre Cole said.

Cole spearheaded talks with local law enforcers earlier this year to help rejuvenate the academy.

“This is an opportunity to see firsthand how each agency works, see overlap and redundancies, clear up misconceptions, learn tactics and interact with them,” Cole said.

The top officials from participating agencies offered comments as to why residents should sign up for the free academy:

* Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth: I believe that it is important for citizens to view firsthand the vitally important operations of their local law enforcement agencies and to learn how their tax dollars that are allocated for law enforcement purposes are being spent.

* Huron police Chief Robert Lippert: It gives citizens a chance to meet police officers at times other than the worst times. Most of their interactions with police are at the worst times, such as if they’re the victim of a crime or the complainant on a call. It also gives citizens a chance to see all the inner workings of a police agency.

* Perkins police Chief Ken Klamar: I feel that this is an opportunity for anyone in the community to gain a better understanding of what law enforcement does. Giving citizens an opportunity to better understand all facets of police work is something that cannot be accomplished in a ride along.

* Sandusky police Chief John Orzech: The citizens should participate if they have a desire to get an understanding of what law enforcement officers do on a daily basis. I see this as a tremendous opportunity to bring a diverse group of citizens together in a very positive learning experience.




We need to start a COP (Citizens on Patrol) program like in Police Academy. That would be awesome! Too much liability though, I'm sure. But it would be pretty cool.


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It would be a great opportunity to learn how and why LE do what they do. I'm sure lots of our questions would be answered. Especially when things happen, and we all start playing back seat cop. We could see and then (hopefully) understand why some things are done they way they are done. Great news that they are bringing the citizens academies back. Sign me up!!!


I got dibbs on rottencrotch


You sure do have it out for rottencrotch don't ya ? Haha ! I see he has a motorcycle now. I wonder if he consumes and rides ???


consumes and rides I heard he carries two guns now one he was issued by SPD and the other on his phone "if you know what I mean" I heard its a small caliber though!!!!!!HAHA


Civilian police academies are for educational purposes and are designed to enhance understanding of police procedures. In Huron, graduates of the academy grew that concept into a police auxiliary unit with ongoing training and assist the department with community events as extra eyes and ears. It is a great opportunity to give back to your community and learn about your police department.


yes I learn all I want about SPD from the news media like ROTTEN CROTCH" didn't the city say they were "trying to keep it under WRAP" cant be too much to wrap ;-))