STAMFORD, CT - The City of Stamford held the Citizen’s Public Safety Academy graduation ceremony this week. Twenty eight residents completed the nine-week program to learn all about Stamford’s Police, Fire, Health, EMS, Emergency Management, Emergency Communications, and Social Services departments, and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). The Public Safety Academy is a unique program and the first of its kind here in Stamford.
“As graduates of the Citizen’s Public Safety Academy, these individuals now have a better understanding of what goes into making Stamford a safe and healthy city,” said Mayor David Martin. “Graduates should be proud of what they have accomplished. We are thankful for their dedication to making Stamford a safer place.”
Participants received an overview of exactly what each agency’s responsibility is and how they respond in emergency situations. Participants were taught to assess safety issues and share their knowledge of public safety practices and policies with others. The graduates from this academy class are also now qualified to become members of the City of Stamford CERT team, a highly motivated and dedicated volunteer citizen organization.
This Academy was a hands-on, interactive, behind-the-scenes program, taught by experienced police officers, firefighters, emergency medical, health, social service and CERT personnel.
Ted Jankowski, the Director of Public Safety, Health and Welfare added, “The purpose of the Citizens Public Safety Academy is to foster community involvement, understanding, and education by providing an opportunity for the public to gain first-hand experience of the duties and responsibilities of public safety personnel. The Academy is an important component to our community-oriented philosophy to strengthen the entire city in terms of public safety and quality of life.”
Three of the Citizens Public Safety Academy students shared their experiences with the audience.
Mr. Mark Hurse said, “The Citizens Public Safety Academy was much more than an experience, it was life changing. To see first-hand what our first responders deal with daily is eye-opening. I received so much great information from our Police, Fire and EMS professionals. They are truly the backbone of our community. The CPSA is an awesome program that every citizen should take advantage of, if not for the community then for our families.”
Ms. Judith Dickson shared that, “As a life-long Stamford resident I was extremely interested in the inner workings of the Public Safety Division and I was genuinely surprised at all of the areas public safety encompasses. The Public Safety Academy did a great job of breaking down each division and educating us on each unique.”
Mr. Steven Kolenberg said, "I am extremely proud to join the ranks of Citizens Public Safety Academy graduates. As a member of the Board of Representatives’ Public Safety and Health Committee, the material I learned from this course will be invaluable as our committee tackles its important safety issues around our city."
The topics covered in the class included:
· Law Enforcement overview and Community Policing
· Field trips to Public Safety agency facilities with guided tours
· Terrorism awareness and evacuation procedures
· The use of force continuum and incident de-escalation procedures
· Ambulance life support services and disaster medical operations
· Firefighting overview and techniques
· Incident command, basic emergency awareness and CERT duties and responsibilities
· Health, emergency management and emergency communications
· Bomb Squad response and duties
· Current narcotics trends and enforcement
· K-9 demonstration
The next Citizen Public Safety Academy will be held in the fall. Residents are encouraged to be a part of this program and learn about all the Departments within the Office of Public Safety, Health and Welfare. For more information, please refer to the City of Stamford Website, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 203-977-4151.