Milford Patch spoke with two graduates of the Citizens Academy to learn about their experience.
Jude Toohey, head of the Citizens Academy Alumni, said, "I think anytime you have citizens who are aware of the citizens and their community, it gives you a sense of watching out for one another. Really showed the individual what the process is that the Police department goes through everyday."
John Carissimi developed a Neighborhood Watch program that Milford citizens can use in their community. Carissimi said, "There are only twelve-fourteen police cars on patrol at any one time. The police need the help of the citizens to be there eyes and ears. we want people to be comfortable and knowledgeable with what is happening in their neighborhood and not afraid to call their observations into the police department."
Here is more information about the event:
With October being “Crime Prevention Month” the Milford Police Department will be hosting two events which will be held at the police department for citizens in our community. These events will focus on providing information to assist residents in crime prevention and child safety.
October 25th - The Milford Police Department will be presenting an overview of two programs the department offers which have proven to be very successful in our community.
- The first session will provide insight into our “Neighborhood Watch” program. Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear in neighborhoods by forging a bond between residents. Milford has several active Neighborhood Watch programs currently active and will have representatives from them assisting with the presentation.
- The second session will introduce our “Citizens Academy” program. The Citizens Police Academy consists of a series of classes, held for 2 1/2 hours once a week for 10 weeks. The instruction is comprehensive, covering different areas of the police department’s services each week. Officers and supervisors assigned to various divisions conduct each instructional block.
The event hours are from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Additional information is available regarding both on our website at www.milfordpd.org