Maine PD sets date for citizens' academy

Lewiston Sun Journal

AUBURN — Police are again looking for a few good men and women. The mission: Fill the latest Citizens' Police Academy slated to start next month.

The 10-week program, scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 7, offers community members insight into how local police officers perform their duties, and fosters better communication between residents and police.

Graduates of the academy learn about the structure and activities of the department, share their knowledge and experiences with others, and often become volunteers with the department.

The CPA is a series of informational classes, a behind-the- scenes look at the Auburn Police Department.

"We all benefit from enhancing citizen understanding of the role and function of the police department," Auburn's chief, Phil Crowell, said.

Participants will meet at the Police Department each Monday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. All of the course instructors are members of the law enforcement profession and will present material on topics such as:

* Basic patrol
* Use of force
* OUI detection and enforcement
* Domestic violence
* K-9 demonstration
* Drug enforcement
* Crime scene investigation

Class size is limited and will be filled on a first-come basis. Participants must attend at least eight classes to pass the Citizens' Police Academy. A background check will be performed on all applicants. Applicants with felony convictions or extensive criminal backgrounds will not be accepted.

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