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KSP Promotes Citizen's Police Academy Through KSP-TV Episode

Date of News Release: 11/06/2015

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky State Police (KSP) released a new episode of 'KSP-TV' today highlighting its statewide Citizen's Police Academy (CPA) program.

This dynamic, 10-week course gives local citizens a real-life experience about what it is like to be a state trooper, along with an inside look at the agency's daily operations. The program was developed by KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer in 2009 as an outreach tool to local communities. More than 1,200 people have participated in the program to date.

"The goal of the CPA is to help local residents better understand police work in their communities and develop stronger ties between communities and KSP in an effort to better address crime issues," says Brewer.

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"Community-based policing is an important and vital aspect of crime control. This program is another mechanism for us to inform the public about what we do, improve communication and obtain citizen input, assistance and support statewide," adds Brewer.

CPA classes vary by post area but commonly include criminal and drug investigations, DNA collection, simulated traffic stops, commercial vehicle enforcement, special operations and an overview of the agency.

Henderson Post Trooper Corey King is currently leading a CPA class in Ohio County.

"It's a special privilege to unlock the minds of Kentucky's citizenry," says King. "The memories of such an adventure last a lifetime and can potentially guide participants into a law enforcement career path."

King says the classes have garnered support for law enforcement in his area and has allowed people to see a different, more personal side of law enforcement.

Citizens who are interested in attending a KSP CPA class should contact their local post for the next available date.

To view the Citizens Police Academy episode on KSP-TV, you can follow this electronic link: https://youtu.be/_TMUDybwG4g