BEND, OR -- Those who have wondered what it's like to be a member of the Bend Police Department can find out in the next Citizens Academy. Lt. Clint Burleigh tells KBND News the annual program allows attendees to participate in the inner workings of Bend PD. “You’re going to be exposed to everything from our administrative staff to narcotics detectives, our SWAT team, canine officers, criminal detectives, our evidence, our volunteer program…what they do. You’ll get to go shoot one day if you want to.”
The department will accept 40 to 50 people into this year's academy, which meets weekly for eight weeks beginning March 30. “We’re proud of the services we offer to the city of Bend. And we get to show community members how we do our job, what we do, what it takes to solve a crime, the time it takes to provide the service we do to the city of Bend,” says Lt. Burleigh.
Citizen Academy graduates qualify to become volunteers for the police department. Click HERE
for application information.