Kirkland Community Police Academy Graduates Class of 2022
Published on November 17, 2022
Communications Program Coordinator
KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kirkland Police Department (KPD) recently graduated its 2022 Community Police Academy. Twelve participants completed seven weeks of exciting, hands-on instruction and a firsthand look at what officers experience every day, from conducting a mock traffic stop to de-escalating a simulated situation involving weapons.
“This course was eye-opening,” said Councilmember Amy Falcone, who was one of the participants. “The split-second decision-making required of officers while keeping community members safe is just one of the skills they must practice every single day. I highly recommend this class.”
At the end of the program, participants received graduation certificates and congratulations from Kirkland Police Chief Cherie Harris.
“We are proud of the ongoing community participation in our annual Community Academy,” said Chief Harris. “I know that officers appreciate it when community members want to learn more about what they do every day and why they make the decisions they do.”
Highlights of this year’s Community Police Academy include:
- Mock traffic stops – routine and the unexpected
- Virtual training center – what it’s like to experience a virtual situation involving firearms
- De-escalation tactics and observing how a TASER works
- Gathering evidence and going through the steps of an investigation
- Meeting KPD’s K-9 Unit, Leo, and seeing him in action
Community Police Academy is held once a year and is taught by Kirkland police officers and other department personnel, each showcasing their individual areas of expertise. The course gives participants a firsthand look at the inner workings of the KPD. It's also a great opportunity to get to know our law enforcement professionals.
See more about Community Police Academy.