Citizen Academy Graduates Feb. 5
A graduation ceremony for the 2012 fall session, Session 43, of the Citizen Academy will be held at the Public Safety Training Academy on Tuesday, February 5, at 7 p.m.
The 30 graduates participated in an 18-week program which was developed as an extension of the department’s community policing efforts. Community members who participate in the program have a greater awareness of the functions of the police department, the various roles of police officers, and a better understanding of why and how officers do their jobs.
Some of the topics covered during the academy include: firearm safety, Maryland traffic law, investigating major crimes, drug identification, scams and fraud, prostitution, forensics/crime lab, physical/sexual child abuse, a canine demonstration, DUI/underage drinking, and the procedures of the Emergency Response Team. Academy members also have the option of touring the Montgomery County Detention Center and participating in a ride-along with a police officer.
The 2013 spring session of the Citizen Academy is scheduled to begin in March. Applications from those wishing to enroll in the spring session must be received by mid-February. Once the spring session is full, all other applications will be held for consideration of potential enrollment in future Citizen Academy classes. The 2013 fall session of the Citizen Academy begins in September. Those interested in learning more about the Citizen Academy or in downloading an application should go to the Montgomery County Police website: www.mymcpnews.com. Click on “Resources”, then “How to…”, to find the information about the Citizen Academy. Questions can be answered by Officer Michele Smith at Michele.Smith@montgomerycountymd.gov or at 301-840-2771.