Jeff Trickler

Jeff Trickler is chief of the Geneva Police Department. This photo was taken during an April 2013 interview with the Finger Lakes Times.

GENEVA — The Geneva Police Department is accepting applications for its second Citizens Police Academy.

The seven-week academy, which was last held in 2012, starts Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 27. The focus is to educate the public about the police department, its organization and operations, and its role in the community.

“The Citizens Academy is a great resource for community members, as it gives them an opportunity to learn about how their police department operates on a daily basis,” Geneva PD Chief Jeff Trickler said in a press release. “This initiative has been in the works for over two years and is made possible by the men and women of the Geneva Police Department and their dedication toward increasing communication with the community.”

Participants gain an understanding of police department responsibilities and the laws that govern it. Students are given the opportunity to offer ideas and share their experiences.

The goal is to continue to develop a partnership between citizens and their local law enforcement agency that benefits both parties. Classes are taught by members of the department and certificates are awarded upon completion of the course.

There is no cost to attend the academy, which is open to people 18 and older who either live or work in the city. Classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Public Safety Building on Exchange Street.

Applicants must have a clean criminal history and background checks are done on all applicants. Accepted applicants are required to attend every scheduled class as space is limited to 20 students.

Applications are available on the Geneva PD’s website, which can be accessed by going to the city’s website (geneva.ny.us) and hitting the police department link. Applications are also available at the public safety building.

For more information, contact Lt. Eric Heieck at 828-6782 or erh@geneva.ny.us.

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