The Citizens Police Academy includes optional firearms training. MICHAEL BRUCE

Free Citizens Police Academy offered in Westport in mid-January

In an effort to educate and inform about aspects of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, the City of Westport and Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office are jointly offering a second free Citizens Police Academy scheduled to start on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

The first academy was conducted last spring, with 30 individuals successfully completing the course.

Attendees will learn about selected police units, will participate in practical application that demonstrates several aspects of policing and learn some of the techniques used in addressing crime in the South Beach community.

The Citizens Academy is a 13-class (12-week) program offered once a year.

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. There is a possibility of hands-on activities that would require a Saturday offering from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well.

Topics will include but aren’t limited to the following: Patrol Procedures, Drug Investigations, Criminal Defense, Firearms Training, Dispatch (911) Corrections and DUI enforcement.

To Apply

Enrollment is limited and advance registration is required. Preference has been given to applicants within the boundaries of the Ocosta School District. However, room is still available and additional applicants from the greater Grays Harbor area are welcome to apply.

Both applications and waivers must be completed. Applicants will also be subject to a background check.

Applications and information can be obtained by contacting the Westport Police Department at (360) 268-9197, at: or by contacting the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office at (360) 249-3711 or at: SOAdmin@Co.Grays-Harbor.WA.US