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CPA Week 10: The Final Class

On Tuesday night, the participants of the 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy attended the last class of the series. To start the evening, Lt. Troy Nedegaard provided information and training on how to survive an active shooter event.  The ALERRT Center at Texas State University has developed law enforcement and civilian training programs based on their Avoid. Deny. Defend. strategy […]

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K-9 Brutus Bite

CPA Week 9: Water Patrol, K-9 Demo, and PS/CSB

This past Tuesday, Week 9 of the La Crosse Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy, was packed with great information about several different areas of the Police Department. To kick off the evening, Sergeant Randy Rank gave a short presentation on the La Crosse Police Department Water Patrol Unit.  In 2014, the Department received a grant […]

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CPA Week 8: Traffic Stop Scenarios and EVOC

During last week’s Citizens’ Police Academy, participants learned what it’s like to be a Police Officer during a traffic stop.  In various scenarios, Officer Jeremy Rindfleisch acted as the “driver”, while class participants took turns as the “Police Officer”.  In each scenario, Officer Ryan Stenslien coached the “Officers” in different things to look for when […]

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Dusting for Fingerprints

CPA Weeks 6 and 7: Investigations, Simulations, and Firearms Safety

During week 6 of the La Crosse Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy, participants had the opportunity to learn all about the Investigative Services Bureau and some of the techniques used during investigations.  Detective Sergeant Mike Blokhuis and Investigator Tony DeLap walked the class through a few cases they’d worked in the past, pointing out techniques […]

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Walk and Turn

CPA Weeks 4 and 5: DAAT, SFSTs, and Drug Investigations

The Week 4 Citizens’ Police Academy class focused on Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT).  After a brief presentation from Lt. Troy Nedegaard on the legalities of making contact with, arresting, or using force on a combative subject, the class moved onto learning and practicing DAAT.  Lt. Nedegaard, Sergeant Jason Mahairas and Officer Jeremy Rindfleisch demonstrated each […]

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Taser, Taser!

CPA Week 3: Tours and TASERs

The Week 3 Citizens’ Police Academy class was an exciting one! To start the evening, Supervisor Nancy Heimke of the Public Safety Communications Center, a division of La Crosse County Emergency Services, explained that dispatchers are responsible for professional call-taking, dispatch, and support services for pre-hospital, medical, fire, and law enforcement agencies throughout the County of […]

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Speed Detection

CPA Week 2: Squads, Speed Detection, and ERT

This week’s Citizens’ Police Academy covered quite a few topics. First, participants learned what it takes to become a Police Officer with the La Crosse Police Department.  Lt. Troy Nedegaard walked everyone through the education and physical fitness requirements, the recruitment and application process, and the 14-week field training program that new LCPD Officers experience. After this, participants were […]

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Chief Tischer Welcome

CPA Week 1: Introductions

The La Crosse Police Department 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy (CPA) officially began on Tuesday, March 10th! After a welcome from Chief Ron Tischer, Lt. Troy Nedegaard, the Director of Training for the Police Department and Administrator of the Citizens’ Police Academy, lead the twenty-two participants through the 10-week schedule.  They learned that they will be experiencing many exciting things, including: […]

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Citizens’ Police Academy 2015

The La Crosse Police Department is pleased to announce the hosting of the 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy.  The Academy will help provide participants with a better understanding of how the La Crosse Police Department functions on a daily basis.  Participants will gain knowledge in patrol operations, investigations, use of force, community policing, and much more.  […]

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CPA Graduate Michael Vo

CPA: Week 8 and Graduation

Last week, the Citizens’ Police Academy wrapped-up with information on two additional topics: active shooter response and the Police Reserve Program. In an active shooter situation, when someone is trying to kill as many people as possible, we learned that survival depends on training, planning, and practicing.  For training, everyone should understand the “Run. Hide. Fight.” scenarios: […]

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