Did you ever wonder what it was like to be a police officer? Do you have a desire to help out in your community? Well, now you have the opportunity to find out what it’s like to do both.
The Westchester County Department of Public Safety is holding its Citizen’s Police Academy starting Oct. 3. Applications must be submitted by September 29.
“While the training does not give participants the right to take any official action, it empowers them in a different way,’’ said County Executive Andy Spano. “This course will give them an idea of what our police recruits experience, and it’s a good way to gain skills needed to work with local police in a support role.”
The Citizens’ Police Academy is a ten-week program that meets Monday nights from 6 to 9 p.m., and includes lectures and practical exercises in a variety of law enforcement training topics. The training is conducted by certified police instructors and includes an opportunity for students to experience a firearms training simulator as well as tour the Westchester County Forensic Lab.
One of the objectives of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to provide insight into the complexity of police training.
Applications for the October 2005 class of the Citzens’ Police Academy can be obtained at Westchester County Police Headquarters in Hawthorne, or on the Internet at www.westchestergov.com/ps.
No classes will be held on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, 2005.