El Cajon schedules Citizen’s Police Academy

March 8, 2017 by  

Communities across the country are holding police academies for their residents, and El Cajon is now set to shine.

The Citizen’s Police Academy, which runs for 10 weeks, gives residents the opportunity to learn how police perform their functions.

The academy comprises a series of weekly classes and hands-on experiences. Classes include crime scene investigation, the criminal justice system, and the history of law enforcement. Various members of the department will present talks on their areas of expertise, and participants will take part in such activities as traffic stops and learning how to dust for fingerprints.

The weekly classes run from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm in the Community Room of the El Cajon Police Station on Civic Center Way. The academy is open to all area residents, but preference will be given to El Cajon residents, and those who operate businesses here. The academy is limited to the first 25 people to apply, pending approval and a background check. The minimum age for participation is 18 years.

The academy starts Wednesday, March 29, and ends on May 31 with a graduation exercise. Deadline for the applications, which can be downloaded or picked up at the department, is this Friday, March 10. Those who are accepted will be notified by March 20.

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