Residents sought for citizen’s police

The Greenwich Police Department is accepting applications for the 2014 Citizen’s Police Academy fall session.

The seven-week program will commence on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and will meet twice a week from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Greenwich Police Department on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Graduation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13. Completed applications and a motor vehicle operator’s license photocopy must be received at the Greenwich Police Department Community Impact Section no later than Thursday, Sept. 25.

The Citizen’s Police Academy provides Greenwich residents with a first-hand overview of both law enforcement and community-related functions of their Police Department. Topics of instruction include: Introduction to Policing, Use of Force, Patrol Operations, Motor Vehicle Stops/DUI, Special Response Unit, Crime Scenes (CSI), Community Impact Section/911 Awareness, Scams/Fraud, Crime Prevention, Narcotics Investigations, Domestic Violence Investigations and Criminal Investigations/Special Victims.

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-alongs are scheduled beyond regular class times. A demonstration at the police firing range will allow recruits to participate in mock scenarios where an officer may or may not have to fire a weapon.

Applicants must either be Greenwich residents or employed within the Town of Greenwich and 18 years of age or older. There is no fee for the program; however, the department 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.

A criminal history background check will be performed on all applicants. Accepted recruits will be contacted during the week of Sept. 22. Applicants will attend classes on the following dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 and Nov. 4, 6, 10, 13.

Applications may be obtained in person at the Greenwich Police Department front desk, Greenwich Town Hall reception desk, or downloaded from the town’s website by visiting Greenwichct.org.

Questions should be directed to the Greenwich Police Department Community Impact Section. The session coordinator is Sgt. John Thorme.

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