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CPA: Week 7

During Week 7 of the Citizens’ Police Academy, participants learned what it’s like to be a Police Officer in a traffic stop.  In various scenarios, Officer Jeremy Rindfleisch acted as the “Driver”, while class participants took turns as the “Police Officer”.  With coaching from Lieutenants Dan Kloss and Troy Nedegaard, we were taught what things officers look for when approaching the car; […]

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CPA: Week 6

Week 6 of the La Crosse Police Department Citizens’ Police Academy started with a presentation from Officer Dale Gerbig. Officer Gerbig talked about the training and certification involved in becoming a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). DREs are an important resource for the department, because drugged subjects will often refuse disclose the type of drug they have taken, and […]

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Cup fingerprint

CPA: Week 5

Last week, Citizens’ Police Academy started with an interesting presentation from Captain Shawn Kudron, Sergeant Mike Blokhuis, and Investigator Tony DeLap, all members of the Investigative Services Bureau. The presentation, led by Inv. DeLap, touched on many of the techniques utilized in a homicide investigation, including victim identification, crime scene processing, fingerprinting and analysis, footprint […]

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CPA: Week 4

“Police.  Stop.  TASER!  TASER!” What an exciting class at last week’s Citizens’ Police Academy! We started with a Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT) presentation from 3rd Shift Commander Lieutenant Dan Kloss. With help from Lt. Troy Nedegaard, they taught us the proper way to escort an arrested subject; how to use pressure points for pain compliance; and defense tactics for a combative […]

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K-9 Brutus

CPA: Week 3

Last week’s Citizens’ Police Academy class received a brief presentation from Supervisor Nancy Heimke of the La Crosse County Public Safety Communications Center, a division of the Emergency Services Department.  After the presentation, we took a tour behind the scenes and learned how emergency and non-emergency calls are answered by the Dispatchers. Next on the agenda was a tour of […]

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CPA: Week 2

Week 2 at the Citizens’ Police Academy started with a presentation on the process involved in becoming a Police Officer with the La Crosse Police Department.  Once hired, a new officer receives two weeks of administrative training before starting a 14-week field training program where they ride with a Field Training Officer (FTO).  During this 14-week period, the Officer will complete five […]

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CPA: Week 1

The first Citizens’ Police Academy since 2008 kicked-off Wednesday evening, March 19th.  The 22 participants received an overview of the 8-week course, a department tour, and short presentations from the department bureaus – Field Services, Investigative Services, and Professional Standards/Community Services.  The participants also learned that alongside presentations and demonstrations by LCPD members, they will have the opportunity for several […]

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Citizens’ Police Academy

The La Crosse Police Department is pleased to announce the hosting of the 2014 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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