The Dothan Police Department is pleased to announce the spring 2014 session of the Citizens’ Observer Program. The Program is an exciting 5-week program hosted by the Dothan Police Department. The Program is intended for citizens interested in learning more about the Dothan Police Department and what it is like to be a Dothan police officer.
Offered FREE of charge, this hands-on, interactive behind-the-scenes program is taught by experienced police officers, who share their unique perspective on law enforcement. The program features an opportunity to ride along with a police officer on shift and covers the following range of topics:
•Crime scene and criminal investigation
•Drug and alcohol awareness
•Traffic crash and enforcement
•Officer Safety and use of force
•Constitutional law and legal issues
•Tools and equipment
•Special weapons and tactics
•Bomb explosive detail
The purpose of the Citizens’ Observer Program is to open the Dothan Police Department up to the public allowing participants to see exactly what we do and how we do it. Many myths of how law enforcement operates are perpetuated in popular culture – this program provides a realistic view of law enforcement equipping participants with the ability to better assess public safety issues and share with others their first-hand knowledge of law enforcement policies and practices.
“Given our commitment to the community and our objective of being a proactive law enforcement agency, we see the Citizens’ Observer Program as an effective way of bringing the public and police officers together in an informal, educational setting,” said Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton. “We are seeking to strengthen our partnership with the community in order to provide better public safety and improve the overall quality of life here in Dothan.”
The classes will be held each Tuesday in April from 6 to 8 PM at the police department. The program is open to adults 19-years-old or older or to youth 16-years-old or older with parental consent. The classes are limited to 25 participants. Applications are available at the police department front desk or online by visiting our Community Service section on the city’s website (www.dothan.org).
Completed applications may be faxed to (334) 615-3609 or mailed/delivered in person to the Dothan Police Department Records Division at 210 North Saint Andrews Street, Dothan, Alabama 36303. Applications are due no later than 5 PM on Friday, March 14, 2014 to be considered for this session. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and those that are not able to attend this session will be contacted when a future session is scheduled.