MATC Criminal Justice students goes inside Milwaukee Police Department's Citizen Academy
Take an inside look at the Milwaukee Police Department’s Citizen Academy program. The MPD, like many other agencies, have been hosting citizen academies for quite some time.
Spectrum News 1's Megan Marshall took the seven-week-long course and helps to provide an inside look at what she learned throughout along with her classmates.
The citizen academy is a long-standing program that allows in an in depth, behind the scenes look at what policing looks like in the Milwaukee community. You can learn a lot in seven weeks. In fact, many in the course were able to take home quite a few key things we didn’t know before about policing.
“The use of deadly force, contact with vehicles, but the main one would be use of deadly force and seeing what the options are,” Citizen’s academy participant, Matthew Fox says.
Matthew Fox is a technician by trade and is currently studying criminal justice at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He thought the program would be a perfect fit, so he decided to sign up.
“It fills in a lot of the blanks. Talking to them and getting their side of it, asking a lot of questions, I can reflect back to when I had police contact to see how the way things went and the way they didn’t," Fox says. "It really filled in all those blanks."