Walk ‘the beat’

CSPD unveils education programs to give residents
a taste of life in the force

Kids of any ages who have ever dreamed about becoming a cop will have an opportunity to test the waters starting in January.

The Colorado Springs Police Department will pilot two new education programs in 2019. The series, a community education program for adults and child-friendly sessions dubbed “Connecting Kids & Cops,” are geared at providing citizens of all ages access to the department. Participants will learn about the duties and responsibilities of police officers, policies and procedures in the department, and their personal role when interacting with officers.

The sessions kick off with the adult community-education program. Three-hour informational classes will be conducted twice per month – once in English and once in Spanish – at stations across the city.

The classes will introduce participants 18 and over to topics that include, but aren’t necessarily limited to: evidence, dispatch, the homeless outreach team, the training academy, recruiting, crime prevention and the K-9 unit.

The seminars will be conducted from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. A schedule of classes currently on the books is included below. For further information or additional session schedules, see https://coloradosprings.gov/police-department/page/community-education-program?mlid=44826.

Children’s programs begin Jan. 12 with a tour of the Police headquarters. “Connecting Kids & Cops,” this program offers, “an opportunity for youth and children from the Colorado Springs metro area to spend one hour per month on a Saturday morning interacting with and learning about the various aspects of the Colorado Springs Police Department,” according to a press release.

Each class will include an interactive presentation, and programs will be divided according to the youngsters’ ages. Kids ages 5 to 9 will meet from 9 to 10 a.m., while older students, ages 10 to 15, will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Topics covered will include the SWAT team, crime lab, evidence and online safety. For further details or additional class schedules, visit coloradosprings.gov/police-department/page/connecting-kids-cops?mlid=44821.

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Community education program (residents 18 and older)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE SESSIONS
Evidence”: 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 10 at the Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.
“Homeless Outreach Team and Downtown Area Response Team”: 6 to 9 p.m., Feb. 7 at the Falcon station, 7850 Goddard St.
“Life in the Academy and Recruiting”: 6 to 9 p.m., March 7 at the CSPD Training Academy, 725 N. Murray Blvd.
“Tactical Enforcement Unit and Regional Explosives Unit”: 6 to 9 p.m., April 4 at the Gold Hill Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave.
SPANISH SESSIONS
Topic TBA: 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 22, Police Operations Center, 705 S. Nevada Ave.
“Equipo de Ayuda para Personas sin Hogar (HOT Team)”: 6 to 9 p.m., Feb. 19, Southeast YMCA, 2190 Jetwing Drive.
“Reclutamiento y la Vida en la academia de Entrenamiento”: 6 to 9 p.m., March 19, CSPD Training Academy, 725 N. Murry Blvd.
Topic TBA: 6 to 9 p.m., April 16, Gold Hill station, 955 W. Moreno Ave.

Connecting Kids & Cops

“Tour”: 9 to 10 a.m. (ages 5-9); 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (ages 10-15) Jan. 12, Police Operations Center, 705. S. Nevada Ave.
“K-9”: 9 to 10 a.m. (ages 5-9); 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (ages 10-15) Feb. 2, Police Operations Center, 705. S. Nevada Ave.
“Police uniform, equipment and car”: 9 to 10 a.m.  (ages 5-9); 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (ages 10-15) March 2, Police Operations Center, 705. S. Nevada Ave.

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