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Slots available for Citizen's Police Academy 12-week course

January 27, 2012|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com

The Hagerstown Police Department has slots still available for people who are interested in attending the Citizen’s Police Academy.

Officer Gerard Kendle said the 12-week course, which offers firearms training and a basic knowledge of police work, will kick off Feb. 13 at the police station off Burhans Boulevard.

Participants will graduate May 1.

“This is the seventh class. It just seems to keep growing and growing,” Kendle said.

The academy focuses on a variety of police issues, including drunken-driving laws and the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment governance of illegal searches and seizures.

Kendle said the class also will touch upon how officers handle domestic violence calls.

“We do some role-playing as well, so the students can get an idea of the decision-making the police officer faces in that kind of situation,” he said.

The classes will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Kendle said.

It also will involve three Saturday sessions, where students will learn how to survive a natural disaster and receive firearms training on the city’s firing range near Smithsburg.

“It’s one instructor and one student at a time,” he said. “We’re very safety conscious up there.”

Kendle said participants don’t have to be Hagerstown residents. In the past, students have lived in other parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia.

He said the course is free and open to people who are 18 or older.

“People always wonder why the police do this and why the police do that,” Kendle said. “We’re just trying to answer any questions they might have.”

To learn more, call Kendle at 301-739-8577, ext. 308.

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