O’Fallon PD taking applications for sixth annual senior citizen police academy

By Kate Crutcher

O’FALLON – The sixth annual Senior Citizen Academy will be held this spring, by the O’Fallon Department of Public Safety. 

This year, the classes will be every Wednesday for six weeks, from March 13, 2019 until April 17, 2019. Seniors will not have to attend every class if they do not wish to do so. The classes will be held at the O’Fallon Police Department. Over the course of the past three years, Captain Kirk Brueggeman, has overseen the Senior Citizen Academy. 

“The turn out has been great. Anytime we can reach any of our residents, it is a good thing,” Brueggeman said. 

Throughout the six weeks, the seniors will have lessons from members of the O’Fallon police, fire and EMS departments. Some topics will include, but are not limited to 911 operations, emergency medical services and identity theft. 

“We are always taking the participant’s feedback into consideration and trying to make our program better. We are always looking for ways to improve it. From year to year we may add something, we may remove something, but by in large it stays very central to the core mission of our department,” Brueggeman said. 

All classes are free to any senior residing in O’Fallon or O’Fallon Township. For more information, please call Captain Kirk Brueggeman at 618-624-9538 or email him at kbrueggeman@ofallon.org. 

“I think the participants look forward to a behind the scenes look at what we do,” Brueggeman said.