Citizens Get Inside Scoop on Police Dept.

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Continuing into its 19th year, the Citizen Police Academy aims to build a relationship between police and public by informing the public of daily police operations and building a rapport with them that could potentially help police with investigations.

"It helps us get our message out there that sometime we're misunderstood in the way we do things and it just further creates that partnership," said Lee's Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue.

A partnership with members of the community who enroll in its Citizen Police Academy.  While participants won't be official cops, they will acts a a liason between the police and the public.

"When we break down those barriers to communication and enhance that communication, we can effectively do our jobs in those neighborhoods," said Depue.  "Without that partnership, it's a 50 percent effort with us.  Without that other 50 percent with citizen interaction we just can't do what we do."

Which is why LSPD extended the deadline to enroll.  Right now there is still space for people to sign up.  Anyone, except those with felony charges, is welcome to attend.

Applications for the 10-week, 30-hour Citizen Police Academy are due later this Feb. 18. The program kicks off Feb. 28.

To learn how to enroll, click here.

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