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Posted on: May 3, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Time and Space Are Running Out! Apply Now For Our 2015 Citizen's Police Academy!

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Both time and space are running out if you’re interested in applying for the 2015 Fitchburg Police Department Citizens Academy. Applications for the Academy are due June 12th and only a few spaces remain to be filled.

The fifth annual Citizen’s Police Academy is part of our ongoing efforts to educate those we serve about the role we play in the community. Beginning September 10th, academy participants will get a first-hand look at the inner-workings of the Department and police work through hands-on learning experiences taught by Fitchburg Police Officers. Classes are held once a week for ten weeks and include the following topics:

-Department Introduction & Tour
-Drugs & Gangs
-Vehicle Contacts/Traffic Stops
-Crime Scene Investigation & Evidence Processing
-Defensive and Arrest Tactics
-Building Searches
-Emergency Vehicle Operation & Control

Academy students will also participate in at least one ride-along with a patrol officer.

The last class presents the participants with a range of scenarios similar to those presented to actual law enforcement academy recruits. The Citizen's Academy is not a typical classroom experience as participants get to use the actual equipment used by officers on a daily basis. Academy graduates leave with a greater understanding of police work and many have come back to participate and assist with Department event.

The 2015 Academy is a 10 week program that meets Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. beginning September 10th and ending November 12. On October 10th, class will be held on a Saturday morning. Applications are due June 12th and applicants who are selected to participate will be notified the week of July 6th.

Learn more and download an application here
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