Citizen Police Academy marks return

A good idea is always worth revisiting.

The Wilton Police Department is bringing back it’s Citizen Police Academy, after a four-year hiatus, to educate the community about various aspects of police work

It begins on Sept. 15 and will meet every Thursday night from 7 to 9:30 for eight weeks.

There hasn’t been a Citizen Police Academy since 2012. It began in 2007.

“We tried to do it in 2013 and 2014 but there wasn’t a good turnout,” said Capt. Thomas Conlon, who is spearheading the class. “We always wanted to do it. And we went through a lot of change in the department with a lot of turnover and it was tough to do it last year. So It looks like we have enough now, we’re good for this one.”

Students will gain insight into how the department works and provides services to the community. Classes will be held at police headquarters, 240 Danbury Road.

“I’ve already got people calling about it,” said Cathy Horn, the department’s secretary.

People interested should call her at 203-563-0259.

The goal is to connect the community and the police by teaching about crime scene investigation, firearms, the use of stun guns, speed enforcement, D.U.I., the K9 Unit, Emergency Response Team, the dive team, as well as many other aspects of policing. Participants will also learn about the department’s history.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live or work in Wilton. They will undergo a background check.

“We’re going to limit it to 15 or 16 students,” Conlon said.