Police seek Citizens' Academy applicants

March 9, 2009 10:20:23 AM PDT
Dublin Police Services is taking applications for the 2009 Citizens Police Academy, offering a glimpse of the inner workings of local law enforcement.

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Sessions begin April 7, and are spread over nine Thursday evenings, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Applications are due by March 23.

Community safety assistant Laura Correa-Hernandez said the academy takes residents to offices and training facilities not usually accessible to the public.

"Some people see police in the negative," she said. The academy "is the other side, showing what it's like to work in the Police Department."

Sessions are limited to about 25 people. Attendees tour the Santa Rita Jail and the Office of Homeland Security. Police guide the class through a mock crime scene, showing how to take pictures, make important observations and draw a conclusion.

A special response unit demonstration involves fake guns, a large screen and a lesson on when you are supposed to shoot, Correa-Hernandez said.

Police Services has sponsored the academy for a number of years with good turnout, Correa-Hernandez said. Sessions draw a mix of old and young, men and women, she said.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and free of felony convictions or misdemeanor arrests. Applicants must pass a background check and be approved by the chief of police. Spots are first come, first serve, Correa-Hernandez said, and open to adults who live or work in Dublin.

Applications are available by e-mail and fax, or in person at the Dublin Police Services front counter. To obtain an application, contact Correa-Hernandez at (925) 833-6686 or laura.correa-hernandez@ci.dublin.ca.us.

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