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Application period opens for Citizens Academy

By Patrick Lynn

The application period for the Portage Co. Emergency Services Citizens Academy Class of 2019 is now open.

Co-hosted by the Portage Co. Sheriff’s Office, police departments in Stevens Point and Plover, and the Stevens Point Fire Department, the nine-week academy offers citizens hands-on experience in the world of emergency services.

Lt. Ryan Fox from the Plover Police Department said space is limited to about 25 and advises anyone with interest to apply quickly.

“It’s been so popular I think we could do it more than once a year, more than twice a year,” Fox said. “But it’s tough to get the instructors and locations all lined up, so right now it’s just once a year.”

The academy consists of tours of local fire and law enforcement facilities, and participants will become familiar, as they feel comfortable, with firearms, operating emergency vehicles, arrest tactics, and more.

Classes are held on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. beginning September 5. Graduation will commence on November 14.

There is no charge to enroll but participants will be subject to a criminal background check.

To apply please contact Fox at rfox@ploverwi.gov, or call at (715) 345-5255 ext. 157, by Aug. 1.