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Greenwich Citizens Police Academy Seeks Recruits

GREENWICH, Conn. — Have you ever wanted to step into the shoes of a Greenwich police officer? You can at the 2011 Citizens Police Academy fall session hosted by the Greenwich Police Department.

Sgt. Michael Reynolds, the officer in charge of the session, said the academy provides Greenwich residents with a first-hand overview of law enforcement and community-related functions of the department. Topics include use of force, motor vehicle stops, crime scenes, scams and fraud, narcotics investigations and domestic violence investigations, among others.

Officers provide instruction and encourage participation in role-playing exercises. There are also boat and vehicle ride-alongs, as well as a demonstration at the police firing range.

The seven-week program begins Thursday, Sept. 15, and will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Greenwich Police Department. Two Saturday classes will be held Oct. 1 and Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Graduation will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Applicants must be Greenwich residents, age 18 or older. There is no fee, but the department requests applicants be committed to the full program. Classes are limited to 40 students. Due to high demand, admission will be determined by a lottery drawing among qualified applicants. A criminal background check will be performed on all applicants.

Pick up an application at the Greenwich Police Department front desk, Greenwich Town Hall reception desk or download one from the town’s website. Completed applications, along with a motor vehicle operator’s license photocopy, must be received at the Greenwich Police Department Community Impact Section, no later than Friday, Sept. 2.

For more information, contact Sgt. Reynolds at 203-618-8308.

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