Community, PD gather for fourth week of Citizen's Police Academy

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Every Tuesday night, from February through mid-April, the Sheridan Police Department hosts its Citizen’s Police Academy. Tonight, Officer Katie Balthazor and Corporal Karla Rogers led a class on domestic violence. "These officers do good work week in and week out," Lt. Tom Ringley said. "We hope to teach you how to prevent domestic violence tonight," Balthazor said, explaining that domestic violence can be committed against men and women, and can include incidents of assault, battery and unlawful contact. In 2015, the Sheridan PD responded to 100 domestic violence calls and made 51 arrests — 27 of which included alcohol as a mitigating factor. In 2014, the PD responded to 116 domestic violence calls and made 33 arrests, 14 of which involved alcohol. In 2013, the PD responded to 76 domestic violence calls, making 24 arrests, 14 involving alcohol. The Citizen's Police Academy is a part of the police department’s "efforts to further enhance communication and relationships with the community." The program is three hours of training one evening per week for 11 weeks, and covers the following topics: - Domestic Violence - School Resource Officer Program - Patrol Operations - Tactical Team Operations - Firearms - Drug Awareness - Criminal Investigations - Community Service Officer [image: Inline image 1] *Feature photo and above: Officers talk to the members of the 2016 Citizen's Police Academy at the Sheridan Police Department. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news