Applications being accepted for Citizens Police Academy

February 13, 2011

The Hagerstown Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy, which brings the community and police together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to participants.

Hagerstown’s Citizens Police Academy is slated to begin March 8 and will conclude May 24. The classes will be held at the Hagerstown Police Department.

“Our academy gives citizens a greater understanding of the police mission and the increased awareness helps them to see how the police serve the community,” Officer Gerard Kendle said in a prepared release.

Participants meet on Tuesday evenings for three hours of training in many of the varied functions of law enforcement, the release says. Three Saturday sessions covering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, the firearms training simulator at Kaplan University and a “day at the range” are part of the program.

This year, the police department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are joining forces for the CERT training, Kendle said.

Kendle said participants experience some of the highlights of police training and get a glimpse of the operations of the Hagerstown Police Department.

“Participants meet and talk with Chief of Police Arthur Smith, and many of the street officers and command staff,” he said. “Participants are taught the basics of search and seizure, professional standards, firearms, crime trends, radar and many other subjects. They learn about the processing of a crime scene and forensics.”

Class size is limited to 20 participants. All those interested in taking the class must complete a written application and give permission for the Hagerstown Police Department to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record.

The deadline for applications is March 1. Applications can be obtained by calling 301-790-3700, ext. 308; by e-mail at; or by stopping in the lobby of the Hagerstown Police Department.

For more information, contact Kendle at 240-675-3704.

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