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Citizens Police Academy begins May 2

NEWTON, NC (April 8, 2013) – Residents of Newton are invited and encouraged to register for the City of Newton’s Citizens Police Academy. The program will run from 6 to 8 p.m. for eight consecutive Thursdays beginning May 2 and ending June 20.

“We’re pleased to offer this citizens police academy once again,” Police Chief Don Brown said. “It’s an opportunity for our citizens to go ‘behind the scenes’ and learn what’s involved in the day-to-day for police officers.”

The program offers city residents a chance to learn about the police department’s services and its operations. This free academy is limited to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendance at all sessions is not required, but encouraged.

The session dates and topics are:

  • May 2 – Introduction (Chief Don Brown, Capt. Michael Sullivan and Capt. Tim Hayes)
  • May 9 – Communications (Capt. Tim Hayes)
  • May 16 – Patrol Duties (Sgt. Dan Harris)
  • May 23 – Investigations and Narcotics (Sgt. Spencer Cline and Sgt. Curt Smithey)
  • May 30 – Animal Control and Code Enforcement (Officer Jeff Miller and Officer Jon Raines)
  • June 6 – Driving (Lt. Lemeul Martin)
  • June 13 – Firearms (Capt. Michael Sullivan)
  • June 20 – Graduation

All sessions will take place at the police training complex on North Ashe Avenue. Upon completion of the course, students may ride along with an officer for a total of eight hours. Registration is required by April 26 to participate. For more information or to register, contact Capt. Michael Sullivan at 828-695-4292 or 828-465-7430.