Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008

County police seek academy applicants

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The Montgomery County Police Department is accepting applications for future sessions of its Citizen Academy.

The Citizen Academy began in 1994 and is an extension of the department’s community policing efforts. The program is designed to give community members a better understanding of what the department does and what is required for police officers to effectively perform their duties. The program is free.

Participants must be 18 years of age or older and either live or work in Montgomery County.

Participants who are selected for the program are required to attend 12 out of 16 classes to be eligible for graduation.

Some of the topics covered include: Maryland traffic law, major crimes investigations, drug identification, scams and frauds, firearm safety, canine demonstration, DWI⁄underage drinking and the procedures of the Emergency Response Team.

Academy members have the option of touring the Montgomery County Corrections Facility, participating in a ride-along with a police officer and attending Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) classes.

Those interested in learning more about the Citizen Academy may call Michele Smith at 301-840-2771.