110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Citizen Police Academy applications now available
By Joe Crews
posted Aug 23, 2013 - 9:07:01am
The DeLand Police Department is accepting applications for its annual Citizen Police Academy.
Classes will be 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Sept. 5, through Nov. 14.
The 10-week academy is designed to teach community members about the different functions of the Police Department, using police officers as instructors.
Instruction, demonstrations and hands-on scenarios are offered on a variety of topics, including patrol operations, traffic enforcement, crime scenes, the K-9 unit, criminal and drug investigations, gangs and violent crimes, weapons and firearms, defensive tactics, a ride-along program, and community involvement.
The program is capped by a graduation ceremony. Graduates are encouraged to apply for membership in a group of academy alumni and "join hands with us as ambassadors for the department in service to the community," according to a flier for the program.
This year, the academy will feature an "officer spotlight," so the class can meet and learn about individual DPD officers.
Applications can be obtained at the DeLand Police Department, 219 W. Howry Ave., or by calling CPA Program Coordinator Officer Rod Hancock at 386-626-7467.
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