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Police Citizens' Academy for Faith-Based Community Leaders
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I work for the Community Resources Division of Gainesville Police Department as their Staff Assistant. We are in the process of trying to develop a Citizens' Academy geared toward educating faith-based leaders on various aspects of law enforcement. Our intent is to bring them on board to assist us in finding workable solutions for the increasing rise in juvenile crime in our community.

We are trying to develop a Strategic Plan to directly deal with the juvenile crime issues. This plan will be implemented over a 3-year time-frame. We realize that the faith-based community is vital to the success of our attempts. We would like to start by providing a Citizens' Academy for these community leaders. We were wondering if you knew of another community that has had a successful Citizens' Academy that was geared toward faith-based leaders? In the past, we have had several general Citizen Academies for our citizens....but, we hoped to contact another Law Enforcement group that has done one specifically for the faith-based leaders. We would value hearing some of their ideas on how to design this academy to be most effective with these leaders.

In the past, there has been some desention between the faith-based community leaders in our area. We are trying to unify them to embrace these new concerns in an effort to save our youth from the consequences of entering a life of crime. If you have any resources that you can provide or any information you can provide on our quest to create this special Citizens' Academy, we would value your in-put.

Thank you in advance for any help you may be to us concerning this request. Pat

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I checked with our academy staff and was informed that we have never held a "faith based" citizen's academy. We have had the citizen's academies that had some ministers in the group, but never a total "faith based" academy.
Someone comes to mind that might be able to assist you with information.

Mr. Wil Smith
Regional Director
Educational Center
For Community Policing
Toll Free: 877.739.7274
wsmith@indianareccp.org

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