Openings still available for Blaine Citizens Academy

There are still a couple of openings for the eight-week Blaine Citizens Academy course that begins Wednesday, Sept. 4, according to Wende Ferguson of the Blaine Police Department.

Applications and further information can be found on the city of Blaine website (www.ci.blaine.mn.us) under the Safety Services/Police Department link. People can also call the Blaine Police Department at 763-785-6168.

The sessions typically begin at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday and run for three hours, except for a 6 p.m. start in the seventh week.

The first two sessions are in the Mark Stack Room at Blaine City Hall and the group will visit many locations the other six weeks in order to gain a better understanding of how police officers and firefighters do their jobs.

The first weekly session Sept. 4 is an introduction to the Blaine Police Department and Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department.

The second session Sept. 11 will cover the city’s neighborhood services and housing maintenance programs, alcohol impairment education, fire prevention programs and fire extinguisher training.

The third session Sept. 18 will cover traffic laws and how officers conduct themselves when stopping a vehicle. Participants will get to try some mock stop scenarios. There will also be a visit from one of Blaine Police’s K9 dogs.

The fourth session Sept. 25 shifts the focus to the fire department and presentations about residential fire sprinklers and the topic of fire and arson investigations. The class will be at Fire Station No. 3 this evening to tour the station and sit inside a fire truck.

As the calendar flips to October and the halfway point of the citizens academy, the fifth session Oct. 2 is at the Fridley Fire Department’s training site so participants can get some hands-on firefighting activities and learn more about the equipment that protects firefighters.

The class moves back to the Blaine Police Department training facility Oct. 9 so participants can learn more about and try different techniques officers use when force is necessary to arrest a suspect. They will find out about the department’s use of force rules.

The last two sessions Oct. 16 and Oct. 23 are back at Fire Station No. 3. Family and friends are invited to come Oct. 16 to learn how to do CPR. They will also learn more about how emergency medical responders do their job and see a vehicle extrication demonstration.

The final session Oct. 23 will consist of a criminal scene investigations activity scenario followed by the graduation ceremony.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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