The North Las Vegas Police Department started its Citizen’s Academy Wednesday night. It’s a ten week program designed to help people understand what police do through education.
“It gives them a deeper view as to what our officers experience on a day to day basis,” said Portland Preston, Crime Prevention Specialist.
The program gives a unique insight into the life and training of a North Las Vegas police officer.
“Usually when people call the police, it’s the worst 10 minutes of their day that we get,” said Assistant Chief of Police Justin Roberts.
Throughout the next few weeks, the citizens will shadow different departments.
“We’re here for 40 hours a week. But, they’re here 24 hours 7 days a week 365 days a year,” said Roberts. “I would hope that when they leave this they know they have a partnership, that they have a friend, in the police department.”
Twenty three people have signed up to take the program, Cory Rudd is one of them.
“I’ve actually been in the military for the last 20 years so I haven’t had a chance to set down roots any where particular so this is the first time I’ve heard of this,” said Rudd. “I believe we should all get involved with our community. We always hear that you know it takes a village. It does take a village but it’s not just to raise the children.”
Rudd said he’s eager to get to know the people who protect and serve his community.
“We’re human. We wake up, we put our pants on the same way they do, we have the same issues they do at our homes,” said Roberts.
8 News NOW will follow the group’s progress throughout the next ten weeks.