Anchorage Police Citizen Academy Alumni Association Scholarship (APCAAA)
A conversation with Mark Heinrichs.
Why did you choose to create a scholarship at UAA?
The learning process teaches us how to think critically and apply the knowledge we acquire towards improving our society. The UAA Justice Center programs in Legal Studies and Criminal Justice provide the forefront in local education and research that helps all of us live, work and play in a fair, just and equitable society. Through this scholarship, we are investing in our community and supporting the ideals of the United States and Alaska Constitutions.
What do you hope your recipients gain through this scholarship?
We want the recipients to understand that their local community supports our students and is contributing to their success. A career in legal studies or criminal justice is not only personally rewarding – these services are essential to an intelligent, well-balanced and peaceful society. The recipients of our scholarship are the foundation of a stable community and become the backbone as they mature through life.
The APCAAA is a non-profit voluntary organization of interested graduates of the Anchorage Police Department’s Citizens Academy. Members join the APCAAA because they want to be positively involved in our community and help make it a great place to live, work, and play. These volunteers assist at community events, provide outreach and continuing education, and assist and support the Anchorage Police Department in a wide variety of ways.
The first Anchorage Police Department’s Citizens Academy was in March 2001, attended by 30 community members representing all walks of life and many diverse cultures. We now host two Citizens Police Academies each year; one in the spring and one in the fall. Each Wednesday for six weeks, along with a few Saturdays, attendees learn from law enforcement professionals about the various aspects of police work. The Citizens Academy Alumni Association began in 2004 with the request of then-Chief Walt Monegan for a corps of vetted citizen volunteers to provide community outreach and assist the police department with various community activities.
-Courtesy of Mark Heinrichs and the APCAAA