To acquaint Brighton residents and merchants with the Brighton Police Department's responsibilities and legal issues as the agency enforces laws within the criminal justice system, the Department designed the Brighton Citizens' Police Academy. Participation in the Academy reinforces the importance of a strong community police partnership.
In addition to Brighton Police Department presenters, previous guest presenters have included Brighton Town Judges, the Monroe County District Attorney, the Monroe County Public Defender, and police K-9 units. There have been field trips to the 911 Center, the Monroe County Jail, and the Public Safety Training Facility. Examples of topics that have been presented include:
Crime scene investigations
Theories of prosecution and defense
Vehicle, traffic, drug and DWI law enforcement
Legal issues, the judicial system, and rights of the accused
The Brighton Police Department offered an eight-week Citizens’ Police Academy from January through March 2016. The session was limited to 25 students, with preference given to Brighton residents. Dates for the next session are not yet determined.