Jennifer Hogan

University Police Department graduates first Citizen's Police Academy class

The University Police Department’s inaugural class of the 13-week Citizen’s Police Academy graduated Aug. 25 with a second group on the horizon for the spring semester.

UPD officials said the academy is intended to educate faculty and students about the different services UPD offers and to inform the community about the “unique policing” that is practiced at the university.

Rolando Belmares, UPD sergeant and Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) coordinator, said the program has been six years in the making due to funding issues the department has faced.

“It takes a decent amount of money to put on an academy,” Belmares said. “We were able to get a grant this year to fund two academies, and hopefully we will be able to sustain it for many years to come.”

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