Westlake launches fall session of Community Police Academy

Westlake Police Chief Kevin Bielozer welcomes students to the Community Police Academy. Photo courtesy City of Westlake

The inaugural session of the Community Police Academy commenced on Aug. 30 with an atmosphere of camaraderie and purpose. Eager participants gathered to introduce themselves, setting the stage for a journey of collaboration and understanding.

The room was filled with anticipation as Mayor Dennis Clough addressed the attendees, emphasizing the significance of unity between law enforcement and the community. Police Chief Kevin Bielozer followed suit, sharing his commitment to fostering transparency and trust through proactive engagement.

As introductions unfolded, a sense of shared responsibility and enthusiasm permeated the room, laying the foundation for a transformative learning experience that would bridge the gap between the police force and the community they serve.

Students in the 12-week program will learn a variety of police-related activities such as crime scene analysis, self-defense, firearms training, K-9 operations, S.W.A.T. tactics, O.V.I. apprehension, law enforcement technology, drone operations, and detective work.

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 9:03 AM, 09.06.2023