East Grays Harbor County Residents can meet the men and women who protect and serve their community, learn about the role of law enforcement and experience first-hand what policing is all about at the East Grays Harbor FREE Citizens’ Police Academy.

Have you ever wondered what’s it like to drive a police car, make traffic stops, investigate a crime or just understand why police officers do what they do every day?  Well, now you can learn firsthand by the officers that work in your community.  February 5th 2020, marks the beginning of the FREE East County Citizen’s Police Academy.  This is the third annual course made available in East Grays Harbor.  It includes classes on traffic investigations, domestic violence, drug investigations, K-9 Demonstrations, Emergency Management and more. Classes will be held Wednesday nights, 6:00-9:00, at the Elma Fire Department and include a few sessions on Saturdays. 

The Citizens’ Police Academy will run from February 5th through March 28th. Students will have an opportunity to visit the 911 dispatch center, the Grays Harbor Coroner’s Office, and the Grays Harbor Jail. There will be opportunities to experience first-hand what it’s like to make split second decisions. “This academy is taught by your local law enforcement officers so attendees can hear first-hand what their role is in your community”, said Elma Police Chief Susan Shultz, ‘The Citizen’s Police Academy will give citizens access to information on how law enforcement functions, and what they can do to improve safety in their own communities”. The intent of the program is to provide individuals a better understanding and appreciation of the types of challenges officers face daily. 

Applications are being accepted on a first-come, basis and class size is limited to 30 students.  Contact the Elma, Montesano, McCleary Police Departments or the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office to obtain an application.  For more information contact Sergeant Josh Wheeler at [email protected] or by phone, (360)482-3131.