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Meridian Police and Fire invite community to annual public safety academy

Posted at 12:17 PM, Mar 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-11 14:17:22-04

MERIDIAN, Idaho — The Meridian Police and Fire Departments are inviting citizens to learn about first responders and the work they do in our community. A Public Safety Academy starts April 2 and you are invited to apply.

The class is on Thursday's from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. for ten weeks. There will also be four "Super Saturdays." According to Meridian Police and Fire, the academy is a unique opportunity for Meridian that lets participants experience hands-on demonstrations, classroom instruction, wear the gear and engage with police officers and firefighters.

“Unique to Meridian, our academy is focused on both Meridian Fire and Police,” said Public Education Manager Pam Orr, “During the fire portion, attendees will be given an opportunity to see behind the operational scene and will participate in many activities designed to enhance their knowledge of our department.”

The experience with Meridian Fire and Police employees is intended to enhance communication between first responders and the public. Community members will gain valuable insight into the realities of being a first responder.

“Our goal with this academy is to spark conversation among participants to help them better understand Meridian’s first responder’s role,” said Crime Prevention Specialist Sarah Herrick, “We are able to provide valuable insight into the first responders worlds and always have a great time with this event.”

Classes include presentations from Patrol, fire investigation and education, drug and crime prevention units, school resource officers, victim witness coordinators, crime analysis unit and SWAT. There will be demonstrations of K-9 handling, body cameras, fire operations, traffic enforcement, crime scene investigations and live flash-overs.

Attendees will also tour the Ada County Jail and Ada County Dispatch. All participants will have the opportunity for a CPR Certification upon completion of the academy.

Applicants have to be over 18 years old and live or work in Meridian. They must also pass the department's background check. For more information and to get an application, email porr@meridiancity.org.