The academy has three main goals: to afford participants the opportunity to experience the "inner-workings" of city departments to better understand city management, operations and procedures; participants have the chance to meet city employees thereby strengthening community interaction and involvement. The academy provides city departments the opportunity to learn from participants as well.
Academy participants will have the chance to interact with employees in City Government, Parks and Recreation, Water and Light, and the Police and Fire Departments. Sessions generally run from 6:00-9:00 PM, every Tuesday night for a period of ten weeks concluding with an awards banquet on the final week.
Participants will learn about customer service responsibilities, parks and recreation activities, cemetery functions, senior center background, fire suppression, emergency medical services, building security searches, crime scene investigations, firearms handling, City Council proceedings, finance and the city budget process.
There is no cost to participate. Applicants are screened by the academy coordinators to ensure attendance by a cross-section of the community. Previous academy participants have been between 18 and 70 years of age, and have been from all walks of life - retirees, laborers, business owners and administrative professionals.
If you are interested in participating in this unique learning opportunity, Please contact Lt. Andrew Raatz at the Two Rivers Police Department, 793-1191. A document for current Academy dates, times, and application form will be available when the next academy begins taking recruits.