Community Police Academy held for City Council members

On Saturday, March 31st the Seattle Police Department held a one day Community Police Academy for Seattle City Council members Nick Licata and Mike O’Brien along with three staffers from Councilman Bruce Harrell’s office. The first half of the day was held at the Seattle Police Advanced Training Section and began with a welcome by Deputy Chief Nick Metz followed by a brief discussion about the work of the Community Outreach Section.

The first half of the day included presentations on the Crisis Intervention Team, Constitutional Law, and Use of Force Options and Review. 

The second half of the day was held at the Seattle Police Range where firearms instructors led council members and staffers through “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” scenarios using the police simulator/judgment trainer. 

This was followed by a live fire exercise on the range.  The participants had the choice to fire a Glock pistol (the SPD-issued service handgun), a 12-gauge shotgun and a patrol rifle if they wished.

This was a great opportunity to get a glimpse inside a police officer’s world for a day and it was well received by all who participated.