By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
STUART -- For anyone who has ever wanted to know more about The Stuart Police Department and how it functions, the upcoming Citizen Police Academy is sure to be a hit.
The weekly class offers a glimpse of the inner workings of the department and lots of information on everything from department history and traffic enforcement to emergency vehicle operations and crime prevention.
Between 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday evening, between Nov. 6-Jan. 22, citizens will learn from a variety of instructors who work in and for the department.
"The Citizen Police Academy offers a hands-on look at what we do every day," said Officer Brian Bossio, academy coordinator.
He said it helps eliminate misconceptions the public has about the police department and allows them to get to know their local officers, enhancing the relationship between police and the community they serve.
Two topics will be covered per week including attendee favorites on the K-9 unit and special response team. A judge, state attorney and public defender will even be stopping by for the presentation on the judicial system.
For the more adventurous, the opportunity to go on a ride-along with an officer is also available.
"It's an opportunity to learn," Mr. Bossiosaid.
It also helps put an end to intimidation and encourages citizens to feel at ease approaching officers as they build a better understanding of who officers are and why they do what they do.
"We want to serve our citizens the best way that we can," Mr. Bossio said.
He, for one, is excited about hosting the Citizen Police Academy and ensures that anyone who has ever had an interest in knowing more about local law enforcement will thoroughly enjoy themselves.
Class size is limited to 20 people, so Mr. Bossio recommends registering soon by calling his office at (772) 288-5339 or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes take place at the Stuart Police Department's EOC room at 830 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.