TPD To Announce Citizens Academy 2011 Program of Training

By: From 13 News
By: From 13 News

FROM TPD -- The Topeka Police Department’s Citizens Academy Ambassadors will reveal its 2011 Program of Training at the monthly meeting on Thursday, November 18th. Membership in the Ambassadors is made up entirely from graduates of the Citizens Police Academies, which are offered twice yearly by the Topeka Police Department.

The 2011 Program of Training encompasses a wide range of timely and important topics. Starting off the new year on January 20 will be Police Chief Michael Boswell of the Potawatomi Tribal Police Department. Tribal law enforcement is a complex balance of tribal position and authority within the community. The topics in the presentation will include the legal, political, cultural, and historical issues that affect American Indian tribal policing.

Training topics, the presenters and presentation dates for the rest of the year include Crime Mapping by James Anderson of the Topeka Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit (Feb. 17); Hate Crimes by SGT Steve Taylor (March 17); Bullying and Cyberbullying by SGT Lance Feyh (April 21); Death Investigations by SGT Kevin Miller (May 19); Club Drugs by Office Victor Riggin (June 16); Money Laundering by SGT Shane McGinley (July 21); Interpreting Fingerprints by SGT John Sanders (August 18); Human Trafficking by personnel from Immigration & Customs Enforcement (Sept. 15); Gang Activity in Topeka by Officer Trenton Ginn (Oct. 20); and Identity Theft by SGT Shane McGinley (Nov. 17).

All graduates of the Citizen Police Academies are encouraged to become Ambassadors and are invited to attend this special meeting on Thursday, Nov.18. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm in classroom A at the Law Enforcement Center, 320 S. Kansas Ave.

The Ambassadors support law enforcement in Topeka through education, information, networking, community service and volunteerism. The many activities of this association include sponsoring community awareness events on behalf of the Topeka Police Department; acquiring departmental equipment and resources; and hosting charitable events to support community programs. Members of the association are also recruiters for upcoming Citizens Police Academies and perform hosting and support duties for the academy classes.

For more information about the Ambassadors, the program of training, and other volunteer opportunities at the Topeka Police Department, contact Ben Clay, Volunteer Coordinator, 368-9237 or

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