Have you ever wanted to tour the Danville Police Department or learn more about how police officers do their jobs?
This weekend is your chance, with an Open House on Saturday, Sept. 24. There is also going to be a six week Citizen's Police Academy open to the public starting this fall.
Police Chief Steve Simpkins has been working with the department over the last several months, to set up the open house and academy. The goal is to help educate the public about the department's work.
Simpkins will be at the open house on Saturday to answer residents' questions.
“The open house and citizen’s academy are a great way for our residents to get to know us,” Simpkins said. “They’ll get to see what we do, how we do it and, most importantly, why we do it.”
During the four-hour open house, participants will get to tour the police department, check out police cars and watch demonstrations of special programs, including the K-9 unit. Refreshments will be provided, including hot dogs, soda and popcorn and there will be balloons and stickers for the kids.
Residents can sign up for the Citizen's Police Academy during the next few weeks. More information about it will be available at the open house.
Sgt. Jason Haynes will be heading up the academy, focusing on police methods and procedures. Classes will take place over six weeks and will be limited to 12 residents. Class dates will be announced once the class roster is set.
The Open House will be Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Police Station at 510 La Gonda Way in Danville. For more information about the academy or to sign up, contact Community Services Coordinator Claudia Ray at (925) 314-3704.