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Martinsburg police offering Citizen Academy

January 02, 1998

Martinsburg police offering Citizen Academy

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Martinsburg residents interested in a better understanding of the law and law enforcement are invited to enroll in the second annual Citizen Academy taught by the Martinsburg Police Department.

According to Detective Sgt. George Swartwood, the nine-week course is tentatively scheduled to begin in mid-February. It is open to city residents over the age of 18 and people who work in Martinsburg.

The classes will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays in the police headquarters at 232 N. Queen St. The course is free.

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Topics to be covered include criminal law on such matters as search and seizure, criminal drug investigations, drug identification, traffic law, crime prevention, canine demonstrations and the use of force, according to the department.

Detective Sgt. Kevin Miller said the course is taught by city police officers. Participants must attend seven of the nine classes to be eligible for a certificate of graduation.

Students also will get to see a mock trial and learn about volunteer services and programs. There also is an optional detention center tour and department ride-along, with students getting to spend time on patrol with officers.

The aim of the program is to give citizens a better understanding of law enforcement's role in the community, according to the department.

The deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 23. Applications can be picked up at police headquarters. For more information, call the department at 1-304-264-2100.

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