News release - 9/30/2013

Published 9/30/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



EVENT: Inaugural Spanish Citizens Academy offered for the first time in the City of Oxnard, Graduation this Wednesday
DATE/TIME: October 2, 2013 / 5:30-8:00 pm
LOCATION: City Council Chambers
305 West 3rd St., Oxnard 93030
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager,
(805) 385-7631,
Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager,
(805) 385-7631,

DETAILS:  (OXNARD, Calif)– The Oxnard Police Department is proud to announce the graduation of our inaugural Citizens Academy in Spanish, “Academia de Seguridad Publica para la Comunidadthis Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 5:30pm in the City Council Chambers.

This new program came to fruition after months of planning and coordination.  The 12-week program was designed to provide people in the community with an overview of the functions and operational procedures of law enforcement through presentations and discussions on a number of different topics ranging from Oxnard Police Department overview and organization, Crime Analysis, Community Based-Policing Strategy, Traffic and 911 Communication Center overview, Graffiti and our youth programs, Gangs, Professional Standards, SWAT, and Major Crimes and Homicide. Each instructor is considered an expert in their field of discussion, and all presentations were prepared and presented in Spanish.
This group of community members also had a chance to visit and tour the Sheriff and Police Education and Training Academy in Camarillo, where they each had an opportunity to use the updated versions of the Force Option Simulator, a program that allows officers—and in this case community members—to react to real-life situations where they would use force, while other community members and training staff assessed their reactions.
“In an effort to further strengthen relationships with our diverse community members, we wanted to provide an extraordinary program—rich in content and a remarkable experience,” said Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams.  “Our goal is to promote a better understanding of law enforcement for the people we serve, and we’re thrilled that we were able to offer it for our large Spanish speaking population throughout the City of Oxnard” Williams added.
For the Oxnard Police Department, our goal was clear and simple: that after their experience in this program, participants are left with a better understanding of who our officers are, our job, and how difficult our job can be to protect and serve the community in which they reside.
“For the last 12 weeks I was with the Police Department, which provided the community with a public safety Academy [in Spanish]…They have a series of values that commit them to work for the community and [with] the community… Every citizen has the [responsibility] to know and respect the laws. I want to say that everything I learned made me think differently about the officers and their work…” wrote Mrs. Teresa Salazar on the Oxnard Police Department’s Facebook Page shortly after the last class meeting.  “I recommend this Academy to anyone who wants to improve [our] community and [want] to [better] understand the work of the Police Department,” she added.
Police Department’s across the state are looking or are in the process of creating similar Citizens Academies in Spanish.  In fact, the Pasadena Police Department launched their Spanish Citizens Police Academy last week (September 26, 2013).
The Oxnard Police Department has a set of core values that every officer and civilian member of our staff adhere to, including: our value for the cultural diversity within our community and our department, our value for the partnerships we form with all members of our community, and our value of the public’s trust.  We are proud of this new program and the support we have received from officers and community members who were all instrumental to its success,” said Chief Williams.
We look forward to offering two Citizens Academy next year—one in English and a second in Spanish— with a new cadre of community members who are interested in learning more about law enforcement, the laws that govern us, and meeting exceptional members on our team.
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  September 30, 2013, 5:30 PM

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