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Citizens’ Police Academy to begin Sept. 6

The fall Citizens’ Police Academy begins Sept. 6 and runs for six weeks.

Classes are held from 6 to 9 p.m. two nights a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, with a few additional classes on Saturday mornings.

In the Citizens’ Police Academy, residents may learn more about the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department, the different units within the police department and the responsibilities of police officers, according to a spokesman. The instructors include men and women who work in the law enforcement field, including crime scene investigators, SWAT unit, bomb squad, communications and dispatch, and police gun range.

The goal is for residents to have a better understanding of the police organization and operations.

There is no charge to attend the citizens’ police academy. Persons must be at least 18 years old to participate. Classes are held at the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department Police Training Academy on the campus of Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Those interested in participating in the citizens’ police academy may call Officer W. Barajas at 913-596-2059 or email or visit the training academy for an application. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Residents are asked to contact Barajas by Sept. 1.



Crews were working this morning near North 93rd in Kansas City, Kansas.


KCKCC to offer U-Pass Program this fall

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College is the latest educational institution to form a partnership with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority to provide U-Pass.

U-Pass is an all-access transit pass to college students in the Kansas City area. The University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City Art Institute and the Metropolitan Community College system currently have the U-Pass program on all of their campuses.

With a current school ID, students at these schools have access to all RideKC buses. The U-Pass covers not just trips to campus, but can be used for traveling to jobs, entertainment and shopping throughout the region. This is the first year KCKCC is offering U-Pass to students. The U-Pass gives students an easy way to make connections around the region without the expense of buying a bus pass. RideKC offers more than 90 routes throughout the Kansas City region, with routes 101, 116 and the new 114 Amazon Express route all running to the KCKCC main campus.

“We are excited for so many students to be able to travel throughout the region using just their student ID,” said Melissa Bynum, Unified Government Commissioner and Board member of the KCATA. “These valuable partnerships are helping us continue to build an integrated seamless transit system.”
KCATA will hold How-To-Ride demonstrations at KCKCC from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at KCKCC’s annual Back to School Bash. Students will be able to get on the bus and ask any questions about the transit service.

For more information, contact Linda Warner, director of the Counseling and Advocacy Center at KCKCC at 913-288-7194 or by email at