2012 Citizens' Police Academy is accepting applications

January 31, 2012

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is once again offering Harford County residents the opportunity to attend the annual Citizens Police Academy – a 15-week program designed to provide residents with a better understanding of the Harford County Sheriff's Office and its operations and to foster a partnership between the sheriff's office and the communities it serves.

This year's academy, which is free to participants, will be every Tuesday evening beginning March 6 through June 12 and is open to any Harford County resident 18 years of age or older. Community groups, businesses and elected officials are also encouraged to nominate individuals to participate.

Weekly classroom instruction will include overviews of nearly every aspect of sheriff's office operations, from patrol services and criminal investigation to the agency's K-9 Unit, Dive Team and Crisis Negotiation Team. Deputies will provide presentations on topics such as personal safety, drug identification and gang activity. Participants will supplement their classroom training with trips to the Harford County Detention Center, the Harford County Emergency Operations Center, the Sheriff's Office Evidence Collection Unit and the Northern and Southern Precincts.

As part of the academy, students will have the opportunity to use the agency's Firearms Training System. This state-of-the-art video training system lets students experience, in as realistic a setting as possible, the milliseconds in which police officers are sometimes forced to make life and death decisions.

Enrollment Information:

• Tuesdays from 7 p.m. till 10.

• March 6 to June 12.

• Class is open to the public.

• Space will fill quickly and enrollment is limited.

• Closing date for applications is Feb. 24.

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