Applications being accepted for Town of Beloit Citizen's Academy

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TOWN OF BELOIT - Citizens are once again encouraged to learn more about how the Town of Beloit's local government operates.

Applications are being accepted for the Town of Beloit's Second Annual Citizen's Academy, a 10-week course that will teach citizens about public services such as police, fire, emergency medical services, public works, utilities and administration. Police Sgt. Laura Palmer said the academy will meet from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from April 11 through June 13. The academy will end with a graduation dinner.

Applications are due to Palmer by March 28.

Palmer said the first 12 people to graduate were so inspired to get involved a few of them even created the town's first active Neighborhood Watch group, and others have expressed interested in running for government office in the township.

"The first one was very successful. The attendees learned a lot and came away with more appreciation for the town...it's a good program so we can connect with citizens on a one-on-one situation," Palmer said. "It's opened their eyes to how they can become involved as well."

This year, the academy is accepting 16 citizens.

Academy members will tour all town facilities, learn about budget preparation, how elections are set up, public works operations, police firearms and use of force, crash and crime scene investigation, active shooting and rescue task force training, community policing, fire suppression and emergency medical services.

Palmer said last year there also were guest speakers on topics such as dementia and how human trafficking affects the Stateline Area.

"Our goal is to create and strengthen a partnership with our community members," Palmer said. "We can learn from each other to make the Town of Beloit an even greater place to live and work."

Those interested in applying for the Citizen's Academy may view the application at townofbeloit.org. Applicants must have a connection to the town through either living or working in the township.

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