Drunk and drugged driving has always been a big problem, and now the Battle Creek Police Department has more tools to deal with that problem.

BCPD Sargent Chris Rabbitt appeared on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show on Friday, December 7, and the discussion focused primarily on impaired driving and how the BCPD is working to combat it. One of the big things Sgt. Rabbitt pointed out was a new grant from the Office of Highway Safety Planning to step up enforcement to stop impaired driving and improper seatbelt use.

Rabbitt also discussed the opening of the application period for the 2019 Citizens Police Academy. He says that the Academy was reinstated for 2018, and was a large enough success that they want to do it again. The Citizen's Police Academy is an opportunity for Battle Creek and Bedford Township residents to learn about how the BCPD operates, focusing on things like patrol operations and the crime lab among many other aspects.

The 2019 Citizen's Police Academy runs from March 6, 2019 to May 15, 2019. More information and applications can be found at battlecreekmi.gov/citizenspoliceacademy.