Popular Public Safety Academy returns

Police, Fire now both included

A popular program from the past is returning – with what is likely to be a popular twist – as the Citizens Public Safety Academy returns next month.

“Both the Minot Police Department and the Minot Fire Department offered academies in the past, but this is the first time we are doing them together,” said Minot Police Department Senior Officer Aaron Moss.

Moss said he believes the academies were very popular in the past, but later fizzled out, only to now return as a joint program.

The purpose of the Citizens Public Safety Academy is to involve members of the public with the duties of their Fire and Police departments in a hands-on learning environment. Attendees participate in a wide range of classes and activities showing them how their firefighters and police officers serve the public by combining academic instruction, discussion, and practical exercises in a fun environment.

The Academy lasts for eight weeks, meeting each Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m., from Sept. 5 through Oct. 24. The first half of the Academy, four meetings, attendees join with the Fire Department, the second half and remaining four meetings with the Police Department. Additionally, attendees have the option of individually scheduling a ride-along with the Police Department’s patrol division at a mutually agreeable time.

Moss said that the Academy would include classroom components, discussion as well as hands-on. “Obviously, Fire is more hands-on. Police have to be a little more limited, obviously, but they can show and teach about their materials.”

Any interested resident in the Minot/Ward County area who is 18 years of age or older at the time of the application. Applicants consent to a background check in order to be considered for participation. Applicants with some negative history are not automatically disqualified.

“We look at it on a case by case basis,” Moss said. “If someone has had a bump in the road but nothing since, we don’t want to disqualify them.”

Applications can be printed out from the Minot Police Department website at www.minotnd.org/219/Police-Department. Applications can also be mailed or emailed to applicants. For more information, contact Moss at aaron.moss@minotnd.org or call 857-9823.