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Newton offering Citizens Police Academy

NEWTON, NC (March 14, 2014) – 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 seven consecutive Tuesdays beginning April 29 and ending June 10.

“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 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:

  • April 29 – Introduction (Chief Don Brown, Major Tim Hayes, Capt. Michael Sullivan and Lt. David Sigmon)
  • May 6 – Support Services (Major Tim Hayes)
  • May 13 – Patrol Duties (Sgt. Dan Harris)
  • May 20 – Investigations and Narcotics (Sgt. Spencer Cline and Sgt. Curt Smithey)
  • May 27 – Animal Control and Code Enforcement (Officer Jeff Miller and Officer Jon Raines)
  • June 3 – Firearms (Capt. Michael Sullivan)
  • June 10 – Graduation

All sessions will take place at the police training complex at 2427 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 14 to participate. For more information or to register, contact Capt. Michael Sullivan at 828-695-4292 or 828-465-7430.