The Telluride Marshal's Department Citizen Police Academy is a community oriented program designed to provide the public with a working knowledge of the criminal justice system in Telluride and the surrounding area. The academy is sponsored by the Town of Telluride Marshal's Department. Notice of the next Citizen Police Academy will be posted in the local newspapers.
The instruction is comprehensive, each week covering a different area or topic of the criminal justice system.
The curriculum includes topics such as:
- Types and requirements for the training of officers
- The criminal justice system
- Court Procedures
- Criminal investigations
- Public safety radio communications
- Patrol procedures
These topics represent those areas where public contact is most frequent. Instructional methods will consist of lecture, demonstration, interactive participation, and hands-on formats.
The goal of the Citizens Academy is to provide cooperative understanding through education. All of the participating departments are sincere in their desire that graduates of the academy have an increased awareness of the responsibilities and operations of law enforcement in their community. Cooperation between the community and law enforcement is essential in providing effective service. The Citizen's Academy is a step in establishing that necessary cooperative environment.