Many police agencies across the country host an annual (or even more frequent) Citizens' Police Academy with the intent of connecting with the communities they serve and helping to increase understanding among civilians about the ins and outs of law enforcement.
Given the fact that there is so much widespread misinformation about what police officers do on a daily basis, this is probably a good strategy for educating the public. What goes into creating such a program? What are the benefits? Who should be the instructors?
In this podcast segment, Jim and Doug discuss best practices for putting on a Citizens' Police Academy.