Posted on: August 23, 2017

Citizens Public Safety Academy offers a look inside fire, police departments

The City of Minot is offering residents the opportunity to learn what patrolling the streets is like for a police officer, or what goes through a firefighter’s mind when battling a blaze.

The Citizens Public Safety academy is a chance for members of the public to experience first-hand the duties of the Minot Police Department and the Minot Fire Department. The academy includes a wide range of classes and activities to demonstrate how firefighters and police officers serve the public. The sessions include practical, hands-on learning exercises and academic instruction.

Any resident living in the Minot/Ward County area who is at least 18 years old is eligible to participate in the academy. Applicants consent to a background check in order to be considered for the program, but applicants with some negative history in their background are not automatically disqualified.

The academy spans eight weeks, with meetings beginning Sept. 5 and lasting through Oct. 24. Meetings are held each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For the first four weeks, participants join the Minot Fire Department, while the second half of the academy is spent with the Minot Police Department. Participants also have the option to schedule an individual ride-along with the Police Department’s patrol division.

Applications can be printed out from the Minot Police Department website at http://www.minotnd.org/219/Police-Department. Applications are also available by mail or email.

For additional information, please contact Senior Office Aaron Moss at the Minot Police Department by email at aaron.moss@minotnd.org or call 857-9823.

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