Published December 1, 2017
Your University at Buffalo Police will hold the annual Citizens Police Academy beginning Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the first installment of a nine-week program giving the university community an up-close, behind-the-scenes look into the working life of a campus police officer.
The course takes place on Wednesday evenings, beginning at Bissell Hall on UB’s North Campus, then moving to other locations throughout the course. The program ends May 2, 2018 (no session March 21 during UB’s spring break) with a closing ceremony during which all graduates receive a diploma presented by UB’s Chief of Police Gerald W. Schoenle Jr.
Classes are conducted in an interactive setting taught by University Police officers and other public safety professionals, the same officers honored by state and national agencies for their professionalism and individual acts of heroism and service. Subjects taught include fire and first aid, New York State penal law, traffic and accident investigations, criminal and crime scene investigation, and family offenses and domestic violence.
"Our annual Citizens Police Academy is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to take an inside look at policing and actually experience what being a University at Buffalo police officer is all about," says Schoenle.
The department is looking for a diverse mix of campus groups, all interested in how the university police force operates and the role of its officers in the justice system. The program includes a ride-along with a veteran police officer sometime during the sessions.