SMYRNA — The Delaware Department of Correction is taking applications from community members to participate in its Citizens Academy, beginning Sept. 27 in Kent County.
This free program gives attendees a firsthand look at the operations of Delaware’s largest law enforcement agency and provides an insider’s view of its dual mission of public safety and rehabilitation, according to a news release.
Academy participants engage one-on-one with Correction leadership, uniformed officers, treatment and program providers, and a wide range of staff. Sessions feature informative presentations, specialized-unit demonstrations, discussions and interactive tours of a prison facility, a work-release center and the Probation and Parole district office.
“The Department of Correction strongly supports public engagement, and our Citizens Academy puts those words into action,” Commissioner Monroe B. Hudson Jr. said. “This is your opportunity to join us if you want to learn more about the treatment and training we offer in our facilities, are exploring ways to partner with the DOC, are considering a law enforcement career, have a loved one under DOC supervision or just want to be a more informed citizen.”
The academy will meet 6-8:30 p.m. on six Tuesdays through Nov. 1. Sessions and tours will take place at the Probation and Parole District Office in Dover, the Community Corrections Treatment Center in Smyrna and the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.
Those interested do not need to have any corrections or law enforcement experience. Potential participants must complete a short application and pass a simple background check, found here. The class size is limited.
Completed applications should be returned to email@example.com by Aug. 31.