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Connects Against Crime: Johnson County Law Enforcement Opens Citizens Police Academy

Updated: Friday, May 10 2013, 10:23 AM CDT

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- It takes more than a gun to be a man or woman on the police force. 

"The citizens actually get a taste of what the police officer goes through out there on the street," says UI Crime Prevention Officer Alton Poole. 

Johnson County law enforcement agencies including the sheriff's office and police invite everyday citizens to learn what it takes to earn the badge and a gun by enrolling in the 10 week Citizen's Police Academy. 

"The topics really range from, anything traffic collisions, we actually bring experts from each field," says Coralville Police Officer Ben Hayden. 

There are many parts to the citizens police academy on of them is an interactive view of how officers respond to different sometime hostile situations. 
One of the highlights of the class is this video game. In it there are different scenarios, as the officer you must decide when and when NOT to shoot at a suspect.
University of Iowa Police intern and West High School Junior Sarah Sheldon gave it a try.

"Put your hands behind your head," she said. 

"When we put them through scenarios and have them do role plays with our Milo System, then maybe they see it's not that easy," says Poole. 

Officers believe the academy can be a teaching tool, to connect the general public to police. That way there's a better understanding of our the job really works.

Connects Against Crime: Johnson County Law Enforcement Opens Citizens Police Academy

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