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Charleston Police Department Accepting Applications For Citizens Police Academy
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 7, 2013 3:56 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 7, 2013 4:04 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Community residents have an opportunity to get an inside look at how the Charleston Police Department operates.
The department is now accepting applications for the 18th Charleston Citizens Police Academy course, according to a news release from Lt. Shawn Williams of the Charleston Police Department.
The academy will begin March 5 and end with a graduation ceremony April 30. The academy sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at the Charleston Police Department Training center.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and successfully pass a criminal background check. There are no physical requirements. and there is no cost to attend the program.
This program is designed to foster a better understanding between the members of the community and the police department. Attendees will be introduced to the various roles the police department plays within the community. Participants will be provided hands-on, practical training exercises such as police driving simulators, firearms instruction and an optional ride-along with a patrol officer.
Each session is instructed by seasoned police personnel and features guest speakers from all facets of the law enforcement community.
Williams said community involvement is the most powerful tool any law enforcement agency has at its disposal to fight crime. Through the Citizens Police Academy, he said, people can help make Charleston a safer place to live and work.
For more information, please contact the Community Services Division at 304-348-6470 or obtain an application online by visiting www.charlestonwvpolice.org
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