- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Community helps Jackson family with two cases of muscular dystrophy (9/19/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Eldorado Resorts to buy Isle of Capri Casinos (9/20/16)7
- Concealed-carry restrictions remain in Missouri despite new state law (9/18/16)22
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)6
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Poplar Bluff man accused of beating a grandmother to death with baseball bat (9/18/16)
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
Citizens and police
The Citizens Police Academy in Cape Girardeau offers an opportunity to get to know how the police department works from the inside.
At the academy, chief Carl Kinnison and others in law enforcement share their knowledge about their work with academy participants in weekly meetings. The exchange is intended to help build better relationships with the public.
Some graduates of the academy end up doing volunteer work at the department.
Background checks are conducted on each participant to assure that no convicted criminals are allowed into the academy.
Improving communication between police and the people they are sworn to protect can only help both groups.
The next seven-week academy begins Feb. 2. Applications are due by Jan. 31. To apply, contact the police department at 335-6621.