The Police Department is accepting applications for the spring session of the Citizens’ Police Academy, which will begin March 17, 2009.
The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to acquaint citizens with the law enforcement profession and the role of the Police Department within the community.
The curriculum is similar to recruit training for new police officers, with a mix of classroom and hands-on training on such topics as departmental functions, search and seizure laws, use of force, firearm training simulator, K-9 and special operations, crime prevention, domestic violence, vice/narcotics, and criminal investigations. Students will have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer.
Citizens’ Police Academy is not intended to train participants to be police officers, but to help create a citizenry that is familiar and comfortable with the Police Department. Classes are taught by officers and civilian employees throughout the department.
The Citizens’ Police Academy lasts 12 weeks. Classes will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Center, 725 N. Cherry St.
Enrollment is open to any citizen 18 years or older who resides, works, or attends school in Winston-Salem. For applications, call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 773-7788, or visit the department’s Web site at www.wspd.org to complete an application online. The class is limited to 30 students. Applications must be received by March 2, 2009. (corrected date)
The Winston-Salem Police Department is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.
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