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The 2015 Bowling Green Police Department Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is now accepting applications. This 11 week course begins March 5th and provides an opportunity to learn first-hand about police operations through a series of hands on demonstrations, interactive presenting and simulated activities. Participants will become better informed about the reality of police work and policing in our community.

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Classes meet one night per week from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bowling Green Police Department Community room at 911 Kentucky Street with off-site visits made to other locations such as the Justice Center, Jail, and BGPD Firing Range.

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Any citizen interested in the City of Bowling Green and/or police operations who is 18 years or older with no prior felony convictions can apply for the CPA.

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Academy curriculum and topics will include an overview of the department’s operations and organization, firearms training, a police ride along, mock traffic stops, K-9 demonstrations, mock crime scene investigations, undercover drug operatives, dispatch operations and much more.

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All classes will be instructed by Bowling Green Police Department or other criminal justice personnel.

If you would like to apply for the 2015 Citizen’s Police Academy, please visit http://www.bgky.org/police/citizen-police-academy or contact Officer Ronnie Ward at 270-393-4596.

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We need YOU to be involved in the future of Parks and Recreation! The City of Bowling Green is currently seeking your input through the process of preparing a master plan to improve the parks and recreation system throughout our city.

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Public participation is an essential part of this plan and there are multiple ways that we are seeking your opinions.

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A public workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 9th at Bowling Green Jr. High School. This workshop will allow folks in our community to discuss what is important to them and how they would like to see our Parks programs grow.

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If you cannot attend the workshop but you would like to voice your opinion, you can always fill out our online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/BGParks. This survey asks a variety of questions about the parks and recreation services that you use as well as the services you would like to see offered in the future.

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Finally, if you’d like to stay involved throughout the entire master plan process, join us for continual online discussion and forums at www.OurBGParks.MindMixer.com. This site offers residents and park users the ability to provide feedback, input and discussion on a regular basis.

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Remember, this is your chance to help shape the future of our parks and recreation. Let us know what will benefit you and your family: more organized sports, an indoor pool, an ice rink, soft play for little ones, or anything else! Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved.
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Watch this week’s Update BG and learn about the Russel Sims Aquatic Center Season Passes.

Social Media

Do you use social media? Are you curious about what is happening in and around the City of Bowling Green? In this day and age, many organizations are educating and communicating with their customers and constituents online. The City of Bowling Green is no exception to this, and we want your feedback and comments about services, meetings, news and more.

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Like us on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/citybgky or follow us on Twitter @ www.twitter.com/cityofbgky to learn more about jobs openings, parks and recreation information, and special events.

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Check out our blog @ www.bgky.org/blog for information on special projects and upcoming holidays or events. Watch our videos on YouTube @ www.youtube.com/user/cityofbgky to view Board of Commissioner Meetings, Spotlight on Bowling Green, or Video News Releases.

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Additional information can also be received via text message @ http://www.bgky.org/connect/mobile-notifications and press releases and news can be received by joining our eNews @ www.bgky.org/connect/newsletter.

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Also, don’t forget to download our mobile device app by Searching BowlingGreen (all one word) at any app store. The City of Bowling Green mobile app promotes on-the-go access to City services, maps, alerts, special event information and social media.

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Please take the time to engage yourself in local government and empower yourself with knowledge. For more information on how to contact staff or officials, please call 393-3642 or email kim.lancaster@bgky.org.

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Watch this week’s Update BG and learn about the Kummer/Little Recreation Center.

Are you Over 50? Are you interested in Bowling Green? Do you want to know more about your City’s form of government? Then the 3rd Annual Over Fifty Citizen’s Academy is perfect for you! The Academy will be held weekdays, Thursday, March 19 through Wednesday, March 25, 2015, for Bowling Green City residents age 50 and older.

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A portion of the sessions will include bus transportation and very light walking, with accommodations as needed. The Academy is provided at no cost to participants. The participant is expected to attend each session throughout the five days. Applicants are chosen solely on a first come, first serve basis, using receipt of application to determine order.

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Throughout this five-day course you will learn how we pay for City government, gather information about aging resources and services, be introduced to all of our City departments, find out about transportation needs and planning, and so much more.

For more information or to apply, please visit: http://www2.bgky.org/neighborhoods/pdf/Over_50_Citizens_Academy_Application_Form2015.pdf or contact Karen Foley at 270-393-3674. Application deadline is March 1, 2015.

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Previous Over Fifty Academies have been a huge success with attendees providing the following feedback to City staff on evaluation forms:

• “After living here since the mid-70s it was extremely informative and educational to be exposed to all of the key areas of our city. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the presentations and tours and feel a much greater sense of appreciation for our City employees.”
• “I felt every presenter was excellent. They really showed how much B.G. city government cares about the citizens and each showed great pride in their department and the work they do.”
• “Loved, loved, loved this program! It so opened my eyes to what makes BG run. I had no idea. Thank you so very much for all your efforts pulling this together!!”
• “I have really enjoyed this. This is the best learning experience I have attended.”

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If you think this week-long Academy may be something you are interested in, please don’t hesitate to contact the City or apply online. Space is limited and we’re looking forward to another great program in 2015!!

Renovations Update

Watch this week’s Update BG and learn about the progress of the renovations at City Hall and City Hall Annex.

Apply Online is Now…Online

After months (actually, years) of work, the City of Bowling Green Human Resources and Information Technology staff have accomplished a long-time goal: to have the City employment application process on-line where applicants can complete and submit an employment application electronically.

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This new software was tested in the fall and became operational January 1, 2015. Now, anyone wanting to apply for employment with the City will complete and submit their application on-line. This new process also applies to internal employees wishing to apply for a transfer or promotion, as well as folks who want to volunteer in City government.

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If you don’t have a personal computer, please feel free to visit the Human Resources Department at City Hall (1001 College Street) and use one of the two machines set up in the lobby for applicants. Staff will be more than happy to assist anyone who needs help.

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There are several benefits to this new software and process. Applicants will receive confirmation that their application was received; if someone wants to apply for multiple positions during the year, they can update and resubmit the same application; data entry by HR staff is significantly reduced; this software allows for review of the applicant’s qualifications based on established minimum standards from the job description; and once an applicant is deemed to meet the minimum qualifications and has passed the criminal history check, the hiring department can view the application online.

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The online application process is designed to be more efficient for staff and for those applying. Information on available jobs can be found at www.bgky.org/jobs by signing up for eNews at http://www.bgky.org/connect/newsletter or by calling 270-393-3667.

Text Message and Mobile App

Watch this week’s Update BG and learn more about the City’s text message and mobile app.

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Parker Bennett Community Center is one of two facilities with multiple services available through the City of Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department.

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The center not only serves as the location for a before and after school program, but can also be rented for birthday parties, baby showers, graduation parties, family reunions and more. Fall, Spring, and Summer camps are also held at the Parker Bennett Community Center.

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The before and after school programs are free and provide services to school aged students from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m. and from 2:45 to 6 p.m. on school days throughout the school year. The facility is equipped with two pool tables, an air hockey table, two foosball tables and a bumper pool. Staff takes pride in helping students with their homework and ensuring the safety of each child.

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The mission of Parker Bennett is to offer a comprehensive variety of quality recreational programs and facilities to the residents and guests of the Bowling Green community.

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For more information about the before or after school programs, camps, or renting the Parker Bennett Community Center, please call 270-393-3249.

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