The Syracuse Police Department is set to hold a police academy for civilians to help educate the citizens about the police department’s training and tactics. This training program will take place from April 3 to April 5. The training sessions will run from 4:15 PM to 9 PM all three days of the program. It will be held at the Public Safety Building at 511 South State Street.
The event was designed to improve the relationship between the community members and the local police. The instructors of the program will help the attendants understand police authority and the limits it has while also training the attendants on procedural aspects of policing, including the use of force.
Compared to other communities in the U.S., Syracuse has a high crime rate. In Missoula, Montana, for instance, an average of 3,641 crimes are committed every year. In Syracuse, there are a total of 6,057 crimes a year. That’s almost twice as many. These include 1,081 violent crimes and 4,976 property crimes. Syracuse has a crime index of 9, meaning it is safer than only 9% of the United States. The safest index would be 100.
Because of the higher crimes rates Syracuse experiences compared to the rest of the nation, the citizens of the city and its police probably have more interactions than a city with a better crime index would. This just shows the importance of the training program set to take place. It can be inferred that crime rates may go down if the police have a better relationship with the people they are serving.
The program will offer practical exercises in order to help the participants practice what they have learned. College students will be taping the practice exercises, and they will then be followed by a discussion. The instructions also plan to facilitate a discussion about recently publicized incidents that involved deadly force.
The Syracuse Police Department has invited media, church leaders, Syracuse City School District administrators, activists, neighborhood watch groups, and members of the Civilian Review Board and Interfaith Works. The program is free.