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GRPD postpones Citizen Police Academy because of COVID-19 restrictions

Posted at 9:15 PM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 21:15:16-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — GRPD postponed indefinitely its 2020 Citizen Police Academy because of COVID-19 restrictions, according to a news release Friday.

The department cited Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order requiring that indoor, in-person meetings not exceed 10 people.

“We generally run these academies with 25-30 students,” Sgt. Patrick Baker said. “One of the most rewarding and useful aspects of these academy sessions is the group discussion participation that is generated. A smaller class size would simply not have the same beneficial effect.”

The Citizen Police Academy gives residents a look at different aspects of law enforcement.

They get exposure to the police department, personnel and equipment during the nine-week program.

No replacement date has been set.

The department says those who have already shown interest and applied will be the first to be contacted when a future date gets scheduled.