Steamboat police accepting applications for 2nd annual Citizens Police Academy |

Steamboat police accepting applications for 2nd annual Citizens Police Academy

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Those interested in learning the in and outs of police work are encouraged to apply for the second annual Citizens Police Academy put on by the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

The police department held its first 10-week academy last year.

"The first one went really well," Chief Cory Christensen said. "All the graduates enjoyed the experience and enjoyed learning about the police department at a different level."

He said the academy was started to help build relationships with the community.

"I think it's a great interaction with our community, and it helps our community get a better idea of what we do every day," Christensen said.

So far, five people have applied, and Christensen would like to fill up the class with about 12 people.

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The 10-week academy is free and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday from April 25 to June 27. The application can be found at

The application deadline is Friday, and a background check is required.

Applicants need to be at least 21 years old, be able to read and write at the high school level and sit for up to three hours in a classroom environment.

Topics covered during the academy will include: decision making/use of force; self defense tactics; drunk driving enforcement; domestic violence; police ethics; internal affairs; firearms; forensics; and radar enforcement and other equipment used by police.

Those with questions can contact Brooke Northrop at 970-879-4344 or

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.