Seventh Citizen’s Academy seeks applicants

The Fort Dodge Police Department is accepting applications for the seventh Fort Dodge/Webster County Citizen’s Academy.

The class, which is held twice a year, will go from Sept. 8 through Oct. 28 and lasts from 6 to 9 p.m.

Citizen’s Academy is an eight-week program which offers those enrolled an in-depth look at how public safety agencies in Fort Dodge and Webster County function.

Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody said feedback on the classes has been positive.

“By every account, this is an incredible opportunity to learn about public safety and how all of us work together in Fort Dodge and Webster County,” Carmody said in an email.

He added that alumni of Citizen’s Academy have been among the program’s biggest supporters and have been responsible for recommending others to participate in the eight-week program.

Class subjects include 911 communications, crime scene investigations, the court process, arson investigations and Webster County Crime Stoppers.

Participating agencies include the Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Webster County attorney’s office and Fort Dodge Fire Department.

In addition to helping citizens understand the resources and programs that are available, Carmody said other program goals include introducing students to the public safety partners in the community and “how to work together to most effectively deal with crime and social issues.”

Citizen’s Academy culminates with a graduation ceremony, which is held in the Webster County Courthouse.

Applications can be found on the FDPD’s website, and will be accepted until 5 p.m. Aug. 29.