On behalf of Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood, we invite our fellow citizens to apply to the P.A.C.T./Buffalo Citizen Police Academy. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Spring, P.A.C.T./Citizen Police Academy, scheduled to start on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. This a nine week course which continues on each subsequent Wednesday evening. Classes will meet from 6pm – 9pm at The Buffalo Police Training Academy, Room 319, 68 Court Street, Buffalo, New York 14202.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY
P.A.C.T./Buffalo’s Citizen Police Academy is a free community education program intended to build lasting relationships between program participants and the Buffalo Police Department, with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and achieving the best police service in the Buffalo community. It is a unique opportunity for citizens who live in or work in the City of Buffalo.
Through weekly classes, the police will hope to dispel suspicions and misconceptions and increase rapport between the citizens of Buffalo and the police. The citizens, in turn, make officers more aware of their feelings and concerns.
A few examples of presentations and topic discussions include:
. Community Policing
. Police/Community Relations
. Basic Law (Penal Law; Criminal Procedure Law)
. Criminal Investigations
. Police Investigations
. Patrol Operations
. Basic Crime Prevention
A considerable amount of time and energy has been devoted to the development of an informative overview of the fundamentals of police operations, which are instructed by both management and non-management representatives from the Buffalo Police Department. Students will typically meet once a week for three hours for nine weeks. Instruction will be presented by subject matter experts and will include virtually every aspect of police work ranging from a study of the New York State Penal Law, demonstrations of many difference law enforcement tools (canine unit, SWAT, CMHT, URRT, CIT, etc.), demonstrations and hands on application.
AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE PROGRAM
Upon completion of the program, participants will be recognized at a Wednesday evening graduation ceremony and reception hosted by Commissioner Lockwood. Graduates are encouraged to bring family and friends to help honor the occasion. Following graduation day, program alumni will be invited back multiple times every year to alumni events, where new and special topics will be presented. Alumni of the program are also encouraged to join the Department’s volunteer program, where they’ll have the opportunity to volunteer alongside officers of the Department in service to the community.
It is imperative however that citizens understand that this is an INFORMATIONAL program. AT NO TIME SHOULD ANYONE ACT AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIAL. The information presented is not designated for that purpose.
P.A.C.T. / BUFFALO CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY APPLICATION