Applications being accepted for Greenwich Citizen’s Police Academy

Get a first-hand overview of both law enforcement and community-related functions of the Greenwich Police Department (GPD) by attending the 2014 Citizen’s Police Academy Spring Session.

The seven-week program will commence on Tuesday, April 29, and will meet twice a week from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at GPD headquarters on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One Saturday class will also be held from 8 a.m. to noon on May 17. Graduation will be held on Thursday, June 5. The full schedule of classes are as follows: April 29, May 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 27, 29, and June 3 and 5.

Topics covered will include scams and frauds, crime prevention, narcotics investigation, domestic violence, special victims and more. Instructors for the program are highly-trained and experienced Greenwich Police Officers. In addition to participating in role-playing exercises, attendees will accompany on-duty police personnel within the Marine Division and Patrol. Ride-a-longs are scheduled beyond regular class times.

A demonstration at the department’s firing range will allow recruits to participate in mock scenarios where an officer may or may not have to fire their weapon.

Applicants must be Greenwich residents and be 18 years of age or older. There is no fee for the program, but GPD requests that applicants be committed to the full seven-week program. The class size is limited to 40 students.

Due to the high demand for this course, qualified applicants will be subject to a lottery drawing to determine the final class roster. Completed applications and a motor vehicle operator’s license photocopy must be received at the Greenwich Police Department Community Impact Section no later than Wednesday, April 16. A criminal history background check will be performed on all applicants. Accepted recruits will be contacted during the week of April 21.

Applications may be obtained in person at the GPD front desk, Greenwich Town Hall reception desk, or downloaded from the Town of Greenwich web site, Greenwichct.org. For more information, contact the GPD Community Impact Section. The spring session coordinator is Sgt. John Thorme.

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