Citizens Police Academy

If you have an interest in the daily functions of the Sylvania Township police department and what officers experience, the department is accepting applications for its Citizens Police Academy which will run from Feb. 26 to April 1, 2020.

The classes which focus on police procedure and everyday experiences will be Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and are open to people 21 and older who either live or work in Sylvania Township and pass a criminal background check after applying.

Police Chief Paul Long said he’s glad the academy is being resurrected. He said he was aware the department used to present it some time ago, but somehow it just didn’t continue. He noted that Lieutenant Sarah Toth asked him about it recently and he approved reviving the program.

“It’s positive when we and citizens can interact.”

Lt. Toth said there will be several topics covered in the class, such as the use of force, patrol operations, traffic stops and how impaired driving arrests are made, participants will become familiar with the equipment officers carry and what additional equipment is available in a patrol car.

Participants will also learn about officers weapons and will fire a handgun and a taser.

Chief Long said it will offer an opportunity for citizens to become familiar both with stressful situations officers may face and the more mundane aspects of police work.

An application for those interested is available on the township’s website,

The application is on a rotating subject on the home page of the township site.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: December 20, 2019

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