Tiffin starts citizens academy

The Tiffin Police Department is accepting applications for its first citizen’s academy.

The academy, which begins March 19 and runs 10 consecutive Tuesdays, is being offered to citizens and business owners interested in learning about the Tiffin Police Department and how it operates. It also covers policing challenges the community faces, according to a release from Tiffin Police Department.

“It’s an opportunity for members of the community to see and understand the structure, operations and core values of the Tiffin P.D.,” said Tiffin Police officer Jared Watson. “Our goal is to help people understand how law enforcement functions.”

Watson said the classes consist of classroom and hands-on training, including firearms demonstrations, less lethal weapons demonstrations, drug identification, processing of a mock crime scene and OVI detection.

A police canine demonstration and a Special Response Team demonstration also are to be featured.

Watson said the police department is sometimes painted in a negative light, and the classes will give police an opportunity to show the positive side of department operations.

“We do have support in the community,” he said. “We want to expand that.”

According to the release, classes are 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays in Tiffin Police Department training room. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and have a valid Ohio driver’s license or ID card. They must also reside or own a business within the city of Tiffin and agree to a background check.

Participation requires a commitment to attend all of the classes.

Anyone interested in participating in the citizen academy can pick up an application at the Tiffin Police Department, 51 E. Market St.

Class size is limited to 15 students. The deadline to turn in completed applications is Feb. 12.