According to police officials, graduates of the free citizen's academy will increase their understanding of law enforcement's role in the criminal justice system and gain an appreciation for the many challenges facing law enforcement in today's complex society. The graduates will also be better able to assist officers in improving their neighborhoods and communities, the officials noted. Instructors promise presentations by King County Sheriff's Office units, several hands-on experiences and a King County Communications center field trip. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and a photo with police staff. Classes for the academy are set to begin March 17th and will be held each Wednesday night, 6-9 p.m., for 11 weeks at the state Criminal Justice Training Center, 19010 1st Ave. S. in Burien. To apply or receive more information on the citizen's academy, SeaTac residents may contact Community Service Officer Eloise Kruger at 206-973-4915 or by way of emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Federal Emergency Management Agency began promoting nationwide use of the community emergency response team concept in 1994. The goal is for emergency personnel to train neighborhood residents, community organization members and employees in basic emergency response skills. CERT members are then integrated into emergency response efforts for their area. Some sessions require physical participation while others are primarily lectures. Instructors emphasize that participants must be physically fit enough to engage in strenuous activities, such as lifting and carrying. Training is scheduled to start March 11. There is a $35 fee for the course and select supplies. For CERT training applicants should contact SeaTac Community Service Officer Mechee Burnett at 206-973-4917 or email@example.com.
A thorough background check is conducted on applicants for both programs.