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Greenwich Citizen's Police Academy Offers Behind-The-Scenes Look At Cops

Greenwich Police Department offering Citizens' Police Academy class.
Greenwich Police Department offering Citizens' Police Academy class. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich Police Department is accepting applications for a seven-week Citizen’s Police Academy, according to a statement from the department.

The 2017 spring session is to begin on April 25, according to organizers, who said the group will meet twice each week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the department’s headquarters.

Scheduled as part of the spring session is one Saturday class from 9 a.m. to noon on May 20, according to organizers, who said graduation is scheduled for June 13.

According to the department, the Citizen’s Police Academy provides Greenwich residents with “a first-hand overview of both law enforcement and community relations functions of their police department.”

As part of the class, students will take part in role-playing drills, mock scenario drills and a demonstration at the police firing range. They also will accompany on-duty officers in the Marine Division and Patrol. Ride-alongs can be scheduled beyond regular class times, organizers said.

Led by highly-trained police officers, the classes are to cover:

  • Introduction to Policing
  • Community Impact
  • Use of Force
  • Scams/Fraud
  • Patrol Operations
  • Crime Prevention
  • Motor Vehicle Stops/DUI
  • Narcotics Investigations
  • The Special Response Unit
  • Domestic Violence Investigations
  • Crime Scenes (CSI)
  • Criminal Investigations/Special Victims
  • 911 Awareness
  • Court Procedures/After the Arrest

Applications can be obtained at the Greenwich Police Department and Town Hall or downloaded from the Greenwich website .

Applicants must live in Greenwich and be 18 years old or older. While the program is free, the department asks that those who enroll commit to finishing the full seven-week session.

Completed applications along with a photocopy of a valid driver’s license must be delivered to the department no later than April 20, according to organizers.

The class size is limited to 40 students, meaning applicants' acceptance may be determined by a lottery system. A criminal history background check will be performed on all applicants. Accepted recruits will be contacted upon completion of the background check, according to organizers.

All questions should be directed to Sgt. John Thorme, the program’s session coordinator, at 203-622-8000.

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