Thursday, July 2, 2020
Over the years the City of Newport has been proud to conduct a Citizens Police Academy, offering insight into the function of law enforcement within the city. As a former Newport Police Chief, I enjoyed interacting with the citizens of Newport as it was an opportunity to teach interested residents the various functions of the police department.
Starting with this class, we want to offer an opportunity to educate the participants on what our city government has to offer as well. We are expanding the academy program to include all facets of our city operations and responsibilities. The course syllabus will include the inner working of everything from the function of my office to all other branches of our city.
Over a 14-week period a group of up to 15 Newport residents can see our streets and neighborhoods through the eyes of a Newport Police Officer. They will walk through buildings to identify potential fire safety hazards with Newport Fire Personnel, have questions answered and gain insight as to the operations of the Finance Department and the list goes on! I promise it to be an exciting experience from which you will receive a certificate, and most importantly, a better idea of how your city government operates and the many obstacles we face on a day to day basis.
Our plan is to begin the Fall 2020 Citizen's Police Academy on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 with each weekly class lasting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.., pizza and drinks will be provided at 5:30. As we all know, due to COVID-19, dates and times are fluid and can change rapidly. It would be optimal to follow the planned dates as stated, however, we will do everything we can to keep our residents and employees safe. With that being said, please understand if changes need to occur due to state mandates and/or other factors. Applications will be made available on the City of Newport's Official Website and Facebook page, as well as on the Newport Police Department's Facebook page. We plan on continuing our academies twice a year having Fall and Spring sessions. Point being, if attendance is at capacity, there will be further opportunities.
Speaking for the Mayor and Board of Commissioners, we are proud to work with so many great people who identify as Public Servants. We pride ourselves on working at maximum efficiency and doing all that we can for the people that we serve to make our city better. This is a great course for those that are interested in how city government operates, especially for the aspiring next generation of city leaders. So, to all of the civic minded people out there, please join us in completing this exciting adventure together!