Biloxi PD holding inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy
For the first time ever, the Biloxi Police Department is giving 25 residents of Harrison County an inside look at how the department serves the community through its new Citizen’s Police Academy.
The ten-week course begins in January 2022 and will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30. Members of the Biloxi PD will teach classes in topics ranging from investigations to special teams to de-escalation training.
One week students will even get to participate in ride-alongs. Captain Thomas Goldsworthy said, “In this day and age, a lot of people can get on social media and look up stuff. But there’s nothing better than actually being able to come into a classroom environment that’s interactive. It’s not just classroom. Part of the course will actually be some hands-on stuff that they get to see. Everybody sees on TV where a crime can be solved just by putting a sample from something in the air and the lab or the computer comes back and says and your suspect is. That’s not reality.”
Applications for the Citizen’s Police Academy can be picked up at the Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center front desk and must be turned in by December 17th. Participants must be at least 21-years-old to apply.