The Rhinelander Police Department is holding a training about law enforcement for citizens. The Police Academy takes place one night a week for eight weeks. Police chief Mike Steffes says the goal is to get more people thinking like police officers.
“It’s through programs like this where citizens can really get involved in the police department and really know and understand what police officers are doing, and see life through the eyes of a police officer.”
Steffes says it also helps community members feel more comfortable with police.
He says the training is a practical tool. Since officers can’t be everywhere at once, he says trained citizens can be a big part of effective policing.
“We believe that community involvement is the primary tool that we can use as law enforcement officers. The citizens are our eyes and ears of the community.”
Weekly topics include firearms training, arrest tactics and patrol procedures.
Applicants must live, work or own property in Rhinelander, and must be 18 years or older to participate.
The training begins the first week of March.