By Brandi Makuski
The application period for the Portage Co. Emergency Services Citizens Academy Class of 2022 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 12-week academy offers citizens ages 21 and over a unique hands-on experience in the world of emergency services.
Plover Police Officer Seth Pionke said space is limited and advises anyone with interest to apply quickly. The application window closes on Aug. 7, 2022.
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 8. Some classes, like range day and EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) exercises, will be held on a Saturday. Graduation will commence on November 10.
There is no charge to enroll but participants will be subject to a criminal background check.