By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILFORD — The Gilford Police Department will offer its inaugural Citizen’s Police Academy, a 12-week program beginning on Tuesday, March 6, to help citizens understand the day-to-day workings of a police department and the role that law enforcement plays in society.
The program is designed to provide a working knowledge of the Gilford Police Department’s personnel, policies, and procedures. Each week’s two-hour class, taught by GPD personnel, will cover various agency and criminal justice system practices.
A secondary goal is to allow those attending the academy to express their perspectives and concerns to the department.
Topics will include Criminal and Motor Vehicle Statutes; Patrol Procedures & Tactics; DWI Detection and Apprehension; Officer Safety; Defensive Tactics; Weapons Familiarization; Agency Recruitment and Retention; Community Policing; Constitutional Law; Crime Prevention; Field Training; Search and Seizure; Evidence Collection and Processing; and Use of Force. Classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, with an opportunity for participants to do ride-alongs with patrol officers.
Attendees also will participate in a tour of the Belknap County Department of Corrections jail.
Participants must be at least 21 years old, and the department is hoping to see a cross-section of residents, from various demographic and career fields.
Applications are available at the police department, at 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, and online at http://www.gilfordpd.org/towncloud/content/Citizens-Academy-199. They may be dropped off at the police department or submitted online.
Those applying will be subject to background checks before being admitted, and class size will be limited to 15 students. Participants are asked to attend at least 75 percent of the classes.
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