Wyoming Police Citizens Academy – Week 4

Week 4 of the Citizens Academy covered community services and police training.

WPD is involved in a number of programs in the community. There are several national programs, such as the National Night Out, and the Neighborhood Watch. There are also programs such as the Metro High School Police Academy (a 50 hour condensed version of the 800 hour MCOLES program), the Citizens Academy, and the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program.

The police currently have 2 school liaison officers, down from 5 when the program started. In addition to this, once a month a check is made of each school in the Wyoming School District. Feedback from this program has been mostly positive, both from school administration and students.

The RSVP program is made of up 33 volunteers who handle minor calls such as pickups for abandoned property, fire & handicapped parking violations, and vacation home checkups. The average age of this group is in the mid-70s.

The community involvement portion also covered some grant information for the department. Grant money averages about $1 million per year, or approximately 10% of the budget. Depending on the grant, this may go to salaries, equipment, training, or some other area of the budget the grant specifies.

To become an officer in the WPD, you must pass an MCOLES (Michigan Commission On Law Enforcement Standards) certification test, and obtain employment within 2 years of that certification. There is also an extensive background investigation, going back to your high school days.

After passing the written & oral tests and background investigation, there is an 18-20 week field training program before the officer is sent out on their own. Wyoming PD also has specialized instructors in the areas of chemical & speciality munitions, precision driving, and domestic violence response, and a number of other specialties. On average, officers & detectives receive 86 hours of training a year, while accident reconstruction, K-9, and TACT officers receive 175-323 hours a year.