The next Partners in Policing (PIP) class will start Thursday, October 9, 2014. This program is open to all Torrance residents, people that work in Torrance and anyone else that has affiliations with the City (i.e. people that attend school in Torrance, are members of a church in Torrance, members of civic organizations based in Torrance such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc). Must be 18 or older. Registation for this class fills up quickly.
"Partners In Policing" is a Community Awareness Program that educates the community through those who are currently the closest to us, our Neighborhood Watch Members along with community members and business organizations.
The Program allows for the community to "walk in the shoes of an officer," and experience hands-on exercises relating to the duties, services and responsibilities of policing. Participants will meet officers from the Gang Detail, Crime Scene Investigation, SWAT, K9 Detail, and interact with a variety of officers from the details within the department.
Through the Partners In Policing Program the community gains a better understanding of the policing function and The Police Department in turn receives valuable input regarding the community policing needs.
As of this date we have graduated 32 classes totaling approximately 1,000 community members. Classes with 25-40 participants are held twice a year. By graduation time, the participants have gone through 10 to 13 sessions involving everything from the police academy to the apprehension and prosecution of criminals. They have learned why we do certain things and had the opportunity to actually experience certain training scenarios.
Through our interactions we have certainly strengthened our partnership and together have gained valuable insights. The Partners In Policing Program is offered to all community members and local organizations.
We currently offer two sessions per year. For information on upcoming classes, please contact Officer Kelli McCarthy at (310) 618-6391.
To watch a video of a past academy class, click here.
To sign up for the class click here.