Bay Village Police to host Community Police Academy

Members of last year's Community Police Academy are shown how the Westshore Enforcement Bureau bomb robot operates. 

Chief Mark Spaetzel and the Bay Village Police Department are hosting the 2018 Community Police Academy beginning on March 1. This is a free program. Residents and those employed in Bay Village will be given first consideration for enrollment. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and be able to pass a background check.

The Community Police Academy is a 12-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Bay Village Police Department. The program will be held for 12 consecutive Thursday nights starting on March 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Each session will cover separate areas of the Department's operations. In addition, this program will include the opportunity to take a ride-along with on-duty police.

The academy will include classroom and practical exercises. For this reason, casual clothes are recommended and academy polo shirts will be provided. Refreshments will be provided during class hours.

Some of the topics that will be covered:  

  • Patrol operations
  • Communications
  • SWAT tactics and gear
  • Defensive tactics
  • Presentation by special guests from the local judiciary and prosecutor's office
  • Simulated firearms training (Shoot/Don’t Shoot)
  • Crime prevention/Community oriented policing
  • Animal control
  • Case presentation by a BVPD detective
  • Motor vehicle operations
  • W.E.B. bomb truck and equipment

The goal of the Community Police Academy is provide information to the public that will increase the rapport between the citizens and the officers of the Bay Village Police Department. We also anticipate that the participants will become better aware and informed on how the BVPD operates. We hope that the graduates of the Academy will utilize the knowledge gained through the program to assist the Police Department in its goals of providing a safe community for the citizens of Bay Village. This course is also a great primer for those individuals who may want to seek a career in law enforcement or as an auxiliary officer.

Applications can be obtained at the Police Department, at City Hall and by email. Applications are due no later than Feb. 16. Class size is limited to 25 participants. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Sgt. Robert Gillespie at 440-871-1234 or by email at

Robert Gillespie

Police sergeant. Bay Village PD

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018