Mankato Public Safety’s Citizen Academy accepting applications

(Mankato, MN) – Mankato Public Safety is offering residents a chance to get a hands-on feel to how public safety in the city of Mankato works.

Applications are being accepted now for Public Safety’s eight-week Citizen Academy course, an eight-week experience which runs Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. from September 6 to October 25.

Public Safety Director Todd Miller says the Academy is a free opportunity for citizens to learn about public safety and day-to-day operations for police and fire in the city of Mankato.   The Academy has been popular enough in past years to earn a 100 percent completion rate.

Miller says candidates will experience emergency response, crime scene investigation, rescue from fire, auto extractions, how to process evidence, using fire extinguishers, working with rope rescue systems, and use of firearms.  Participants also have the opportunity to ride along with an officer or fire crew and later compare their experience with other attendees.

The Citizen Academy is open to age 16 and up.  Miller says they hope to get a diverse cross section of citizens for the academy: teens, senior citizens, and even those who are anti-police:

“When you have 16-year-olds,  high school students, college students, business people, stay-at-home mom and dad’s, and senior citizens in the same class….you get a broad perspective cross-section, and that creates really beneficial discussion and dialogue.”

Physical restraints are not an issue.  The course will be molded to fit physical abilities.  Miller says attendees can do what they can physically do, and otherwise observe.

The deadline for applications is August 17.  Applications are available online, or by calling Public Safety.

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