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Citizen Police Academy Returns on March 12th; Applications Now Being Accepted

2/8/2013

February 8, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nashvillians interested in learning about the inner workings of their police department and its enforcement/investigative strategies are cordially invited to apply for the 27th session of the Citizen Police Academy, which begins its 12-weekrun on March 12th.
            Classes will be held on Tuesday nights from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. through June 4thin the community room of the Hermitage Precinct, 3701 James Kay Lane.  Because class size is limited, interested persons are urged to apply immediately. The deadline for applications is March 1st.
            Participants will learn about the intricacies of police work through the perspective of a variety of guest speakers, including members of the police department’s specialized components.  Topics will include emergency preparedness, internet crimes, traffic/DUI, gangs, domestic violence, crime prevention and the judicial process.  There will also be a tour of the Emergency Communications Center and a demonstration by the Aviation, Canine and Mounted Units.
            “Since1995, more than 1,200 Nashvillians from all walks of life have taken advantage of the unique opportunity to learn first-hand how various elements of the police department operate and how we conduct investigations,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “We are sincerely proud to offer this program, which is one of our most popular community outreach initiatives.”
            Each applicant should commit to attending at least ten of the twelve sessions, be a Davidson County resident/business owner at least 21 years old, and have no arrest record, excluding minor traffic violations.  While completion of the course gives citizens an understanding of the workings of the Metropolitan Police Department, it does not make a participant a certified law enforcement officer, nor is it designed to train citizens to perform law enforcement duties.  Applications are available at any of the police department’s seven precincts.  They can also be accessed and submitted on the Internet by logging onto http://www.nashville.gov/Police-Department/Get-Involved/Citizen-Police-Academy.aspx.  
            Persons desiring an application by mail or fax, or persons with questions, are invited to call Michelle Crowder, the police department’s Citizen Police Academy Coordinator, at 943-2110, or Officer Troy Meadows at 880-1781.

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