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August 14, 2015


Criminal Justice instructor to teach community outreach program


Criminal Justice instructor Frank Owens will be teaching a community outreach program this fall for the Winfield Police Department.


Instructor Owens serves as a part-time officer for the Winfield Police Department and has helped to implement a community program designed to improve community-police relations. The program is known as the Winfield Police Department Citizen’s Academy. The Citizen’s Academy model is used throughout the nation to show interested community members what the life of an officer is really like.


While many agency’s utilize such a program, the program in Winfield is designed to put citizens front and center in the life of an officer so they can experience and feel what an actual officer would experience. 


With all that is going on around the country concerning police and citizen interactions it is more critical than ever before for there to be an understanding between local law enforcement and the community they serve. This program is a unique cooperation between law enforcement and Cowley College to help serve the community.


The Winfield Police Department Citizen’s Academy is a 12-week course that meets Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Over the course of the program students will get to experience conducting traffic stops, executing search warrants, testifying in court, and processing crime scenes.  They will also see K9 demonstrations, learn S.W.A.T techniques, participate in simulator training, hear from the drug task force, and get to understand the many types of death investigations. They will also have instruction from Blue Line Tracking. Students will see a Taser demonstration, take tours of the local law enforcement facilities and even eat jail food.


The program has a limited class size due to the hands on nature of the program but there are still seats available. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and either live or work in Cowley County. 


Due to the sensitivity of some of the information presented a short application needs to be filled out. Those interested can either contact Instructor Frank Owens at 620-441-5285 or pick up an application at the Winfield Police Department.


Applications are due by August 28 and classes begin on September 10. The program will conclude in early December with a formal dinner.