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CRIME WATCH

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14TH CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY: Front row (kneeling): Sgt. Chris Balbo (Co-coordinator), April VanderMeyden, Alicia Paul, Michelle Schroeder, Debbie Fagan, Marie Krygoski, Leah Harrison, and Commander John Banasiak (Co-coordinator). Second row (seated): Teri Martin, Susan Gryfakis, Fran Stessl, Edwina Golec, and Barbara Bell. Third row (standing): Chief Peter Hojnicki, Dale Krygoski, Susan Hayes, Robert Widiger, Linda Schultz, Rose Plesha, Shirley Johnson, Kevin Zurek, Steve Scheeringa, Ralph Scheeringa, Bill Leep, Joan Roback, Lola Harrison, and Mikayla Hayes. Not pictured: Desiree Vera.. [PHOTO PROVIDED] 

CITIZEN'S POLICE ACADEMY

 

Safe communities start when citizens take ownership, working with law enforcement. That’s where the Citizen’s Police Academy comes in. The ten-week course allows residents to see how Highland’s finest operates – up close and personal.

 

From ride-alongs to a trip to the shooting range to weekly classes that follow crime from its source to the courts, participants have the opportunity to become part of law enforcement’s crime-fighting team.

 

Cmdr. John Banasiak, coordinator of the academy, said the goal of every class is to involve interested citizens in learning policing from the inside. “It takes all of us working together to keep our community safe,” Banasiak said. “We have been very fortunate we have had so many interested citizens who have taken part in this program.  

 

The Citizen’s Police Academy involves weekly classes as well as work outside the classroom. Topics included in the training are overviews of:

•   Highland Police and department tour

•   Lake County Courts and Prosecutors Office

•   Gangs and dangerous drugs

•   Police Employees Assistance Program

•   Criminal investigation and evidence collection

•  Firearms training simulator

•  School Resource Officer

•  Ride-alongs

•  Police chaplain program

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WHAT IS CRIME WATCH?

 

Learn about crime trends in your neighborhood as well as innovative ways Highland police are fighting the bad guys during our Crime Watch meetings, which are held every other month at the Highland Library.

 

Crime Watch topics run the gamut — from prevention to law enforcement.

 

The meetings, which often feature guest speakers, spark interesting discussion and there is always plenty of time for questions and answers.

 

See you there!

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Applications are now being accepted for the next Citizen’s Police Academy class.                If you are interested, print out the form on this page and mail it to:

 

Highland Police Department

3315 Ridge Road

Highland, Indiana 46322

INFO: Call Cmdr. John Banasiak or Sgt. Chris Balbo at (219) 838-3184.

NEXT MEETING

 

Learn about recent crime trends at

our bimonthly neighborhood meeting.

 

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November

WHERE: Highland Police Department, 3315 Ridge Road

INFO: Please call Sgt. Shawn Anderson at (219) 838-3184, ext. 4074 or Cpl. Brandon Norris at (219) 838-3184, ext. 4097.

Highland Police Department

3315 Ridge Road

Highland, IN 46322

 

Non-emergency telephone:

(219) 838-3184

 

Fax: (219) 972-5095