Police department citizens academy planned

The Kingman Police Department will be conducting a survey to see if there is interest into starting a citizens police academy.

KPD is seeking suggestions from the public on what kind of academy they want.

The academy could offer residents an insight into the police department.

It could also prepare someone for a volunteering role with the department, said police spokeswoman Tracie McKnight.

The program could also be similar to a Mohave County Sheriff's Office program called Sheriff's Citizens Action Team or SCAT, said MCSO spokesman Steve Johnson.

About 40 SCAT volunteers work part time patrolling neighborhoods, businesses and schools or assisting sheriff deputies in crowd or traffic control during vehicle accidents or other incidents.

Other duties include transporting prisoners to other parts of the county or computer data entry.

SCAT volunteers also attend an academy held at the sheriff's office, Johnson added.

The KPD academy would be held at the police department and instructed by KPD officers.

Training sessions could be held one or two days a week, with each class lasting about three hours.

The academy could run for four to six months.

Attending the academy would be free, McKnight said.

The length of the academy, the number of training days per week and the number of hours in a session have not been determined, she said.

For more information about the citizens academy, call police Lt.

Ray Sipe at 753-2191.

A survey can also be picked up at KPD at 2730 E.

Andy Devine Ave.