Citizens Police Academy’s First Session

Tim Ziman

Benedictine University hosted the first Citizens Police Academy session on Tuesday, January 20 on campus.

The Academy has been created by the Benedictine Police and they have unveiled a prototype program, which is aimed at empowering students and faculty at Benedictine University with a firm grasp of the workings of the police force.

According to a previous article released by The Candor, Benedictine University’s Newspaper, the course runs for a total of 8 weeks, culminating in a graduation before the next cycle begins.

Students learn a wide array of subjects ranging from crime prevention, DUI, traffic stops, weapons training, up to and including the intricate workings of CSIs and how each agency works with and compliments each other.

At the first meeting, brief introduction to the course was given by the Chief of Police at Benedictine University, Michael Salatino.

“If our first Citizen’s Police Academy was a reflection of upcoming sessions, I have very high hopes of a successful and informative program,” said Salatino.

Students were then given an introduction to crime and the importance of always being vigilant when out at night or in general day-to-day interactions around campus.

Following the lesson on CP, students had a quick break and then were given a similarly detailed introduction to DUI and traffic stops, aimed at giving an insight into how to spot those who are drunk and the mechanics behind doing traffic stops.

Officer Vanderpleog ended the class with a hands on experiment using beer goggles and getting volunteers to perform standard DUI spotting exercises.

This program is not just tailored for faculty and staff, but rather, all students are welcome and the students were made to feel comfortable and welcome to be a part of the BenU police family.

“Our program focus, or goal, is enhancing the student experience on campus, especially for our criminal justice students and as important, to continue our positive police relationship with our community,” said Salatino.
Students in the academy were given a detailed schedule of class events, as well as a folder to write notes, which proved invaluable considering the amount of highly useful information in both classes.

Classes take place every Tuesday night for those who registered for this program.