Yale To Host Citizen’s Police Academy

The Yale University Police Department (YPD) will once again host its Citizen’s Police Academy beginning March 24 for members of the Yale and New Haven community.

The academy is free of charge and takes place over a six-week period on Tuesdays, 6–8:30 p.m., March 24 through April 28. Classes are held at the Yale University Police Department, 101 Ashmun St.

Interested adults, age 18 and above, are invited to apply for admission to the Citizen’s Police Academy, which will provide an increased understanding and awareness of police operations and responsibilities. Topics will include investigative services, patrol procedures and personal safety; participants will also have the opportunity to meet Eli, the bomb detection dog; tour the facility; and learn about the department’s state-of-the-art communications technology and firearms training. The course incorporates classroom learning and hands-on activities.

“All of the sessions contained a great mix of both interesting and educational information,” said one of the participants in a previous academy. “I was very impressed with the high level of dedication and professionalism everyone there has.” Another commented that the academy was “wonderful” and that he enjoyed learning about “an amazing police force, dedicated to public service.”

Registration is a two-step process. Initial registration is online. Once registered, YPD will contact each applicant to arrange for a criminal history check. Upon completion of the process, an e-mail confirmation will be sent by YPD verifying placement in the academy. Applications are due by Friday, March 13, 2009. Space is limited so participation in the class is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information: visit www.yale.edu/police.

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