The Denver Police Department (DPD) and Police Chief Robert White are proud to announce the development of a Citizens Academy for Immigrant and Refugee communities in Denver.
WHAT: Citizens Academy for Immigrant and Refugee Communities
WHERE: 2525 W Alameda Ave, Justice for All- Union Hall
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Denver is home to about 108,000 residents who were born in another country. This population represents over 100 countries of origin and over 80 spoken languages. The DPD faces a number of challenges with members of these communities including fear, mistrust, language barriers, and cultural misunderstanding.
In the interest of partnership, collaboration, and public education, DPD is developing a Citizen’s Academy specifically for immigrant and refugee communities in addition to its existing Citizen’s Academy. The new format was developed with input and feedback from community members, non-profit, and government service providers through focus groups. DPD has recognized that providing an opportunity for immigrant and refugee communities to learn more about the Department is extremely beneficial. This academy will also provide officers the opportunity to learn more about our diverse immigrant communities here in Denver.
This effort is being done in partnership with the Denver Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships, Immigrant Integration Project, and the Denver Coalition for Integration.
About the Denver Police Department Immigrant Citizen’s Academy
DPD’s Immigrant/Refugee Citizens Academy and Citizens Police Academy are multi-week programs conducted approximately ten times a year with an average enrollment of 40 students. It is designed to familiarize Denver citizens with the policies and procedures of the police department and is a unique opportunity to learn about its officers. Upon completion of this program, participants attend a graduation ceremony and are awarded a certificate with a miniature replica DPD badge. CPA graduates may elect to participate in the CPA Alumni Association and Volunteers in Policing programs.
About the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships
The mission of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships is to proactively protect human rights, build capacities, and strengthen connections that result in stronger relationships in the community through collaboration, communication and advocacy.