FROM TPD -- Chief Ronald Miller and LT Thomas Glor will formally unveil the Topeka Police Department’s Citizens Academy Ambassadors’ 2012 Program of Training at a special meeting on Thursday, November 17, 6:30 pm at the Crestview Shelter House in Shunga Park. Membership in the Ambassadors is made up entirely of graduates of the Citizens Police Academies, which are offered twice yearly by the Topeka Police Department.
The 2012 Program of Training encompasses a wide range of timely and important topics. “Hoarding” will be the topic starting off the new year on January 17. Crystal Helm and Jan Dietrich of the Shawnee County Hoarding Task Force will be the presenters. The problem of hoarding has gained wider visibility in recent years, thanks in part to several hoarding-related television shows. This presentation will emphasize that hoarding’s effects can extend beyond an overstuffed home: it can put people’s health at risk; it can damage families; it can affect surrounding neighborhoods. Treatment for the hoarder requires more than a big box of trash bags.
Training topics, the presenters and presentation dates for the rest of the year include a tour of the Department of Corrections facility on Feb. 21; Personal Self-Defense Tactics by Officer Marc Tolbert on March 20; School Truancy by SGT Michael Cross on April 17; Investigating Citizens Complaints by CPT Darin Scott on May 15; Domestic Violence Investigations by DET Pat McLaughlin on June 19; Arson Investigations by Fire Investigators James Vollintine and Mike Martin on July 17; What Constitutes a Criminal Act by LT Dean McWilliams on August 21; Crime Scene Investigation by Office Martin Brown on Sept. 18; and Shoot/Don’t Shoot Training by SGT Troy Willard on October 16th.
Starting in 2012, the monthly training meetings will be held the third Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 pm 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.
All graduates of the Citizen Police Academies are encouraged to become Ambassadors and are invited to attend this special meeting on Thursday, November 17th.