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Citizens Police Academy

May 3, 2014

 Citizens Police Academy  photo
In this 1935 photo, Sgt. Bailey supervises firearms instruction with two female employees (not sworn officers) of the Pasadena Police Department at the firing range in Eaton Canyon.

Last Wednesday the Citizens Police Academy class spent the day at the same location.

A few things have changed since then:

  • The firing range is indoors now
  • Women aren’t encouraged to wear dresses, hats and heels
  • Body armor and ear and eye protection are a must now
  • That hand-on-the-hip-and-fire-with-the-other-hand technique is a thing of the past.

My selfie in body armor, which was quite heavy:

Body Armor Citizens Police Academy  photo

After about an hour of safety tips and explanations about what to expect, Don Amerman, the rangemaster, showed us the weapons we would be firing — pistols, rifles and shotguns.

“Don’t point your weapon toward anything 

you’re not willing to destroy.”

Then he and our Citizens Police Academy facilitators, officers Sean Dawkins and Joe Reinbold, provided one-on-one training.

Firing Range Citizens Police Academy  photo

FR15 Citizens Police Academy  photo

FR6 Citizens Police Academy  photo

My target will never make babies again.

FR16 Citizens Police Academy  photo

In other sessions that day we learned about weapons and tactics and trained with a simulator.

Chief Phillip Sanchez arrived during one of the breaks and chatted it up with Lt. Edward Calatayud.

FR13 Citizens Police Academy  photo

Then he led a discussion about perception versus reality in many complaints against police officers, the process by which officer-involved shootings are investigated and the dangers police officers face every day on the job.

“My officers wake up every day wanting to do 
the most professional and profound job possible 
for the people of Pasadena.”
FR10 Citizens Police Academy  photo

It was a great day and we all learned so much.This 12-week Citizens Police Academy, with classroom and field training, continues to be a great experience as we get an inside look at law enforcement in Pasadena.

I’m holding out hope that the official uniform of the rangemaster will revert back to Sgt. Bailey’s traditional boots and jodhpurs. I’m guessing Chief Sanchez might be on board with that!

Many thanks to classmate Karol Franks for the photos of Chief Sanchez (my phone battery was too low by then); I found the historic photo here.

It was a great day and we all learned so much.
This 12-week Citizens Police Academy, with classroom and field training, continues to be a great experience as we get an inside look at law enforcement in Pasadena.
I’m holding out hope that the official uniform of the rangemaster will revert back to Sgt. Bailey’s traditional boots and jodhpurs. I’m guessing Chief Sanchez might be on board with that!
Many thanks to classmate Karol Franks for the photos of Chief Sanchez (my phone battery was too low by then); I found the historic photo here.
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Editor’s Note:  Following are the details and mission of Pasadena’s Citizen Police Academy as found on their site Ci.Pasadena.CA.US.

The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is an informative, twelve-week classroom series that gives an inside look at Pasadena Police operations while discussing the principles of community policing. The purpose of the class is to promote a greater awareness and better understanding of local law enforcement’s continuously changing role in the community.

Presented in a friendly, casual environment, the class covers a wide variety of subject areas including police communications, criminal law and procedures (laws of arrest), street crime enforcement / investigations, field identification, weaponless defense training, youth programs and more. The course concludes with a graduation dinner, where students receive a certificate of completion.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Live, work or, own property in Pasadena
  • No felony convictions
  • No misdemeanor convictions within one year of application

Classes meet on Thursday evenings from 6:00-9:30 pm at the Pasadena Police Department. If you would like to apply for an upcoming class, please contact the Community Services Section at (626) 744-4551 for more information.

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Ann Erdman Hat City Hall1 175x1561 Citizens Police Academy  photoAnn Erdman is happily retired after decades of loyal service to the City of Pasadena as Public Information Officer. Her blog may be found at AnnErdman.blogspot.com.



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