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Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy now taking applications for new class

The Jacksonville Police Department will be conducting a Citizens Police Academy beginning on April 16. This will be an eight week academy designed to inform citizens on different aspects of law enforcement including Community Policing, Criminal Investigations, Patrol Duties, Use of Force, Firearms, Use of Force, K-9 Duties, SRT demonstration, Narcotics and Less Lethal weapons. This course will be held on Tuesday evenings starting at 6-9 p.m. The course is free, and we encourage all who want to gain an active knowledge of their police department to attend. Attendance will be limited.

The goal of the Citizens Police Academy is that educated citizens will be more supportive of police officers and the department, and will be more productive within their own neighborhoods and communities. The Citizens Police Academy is not a “training” class but an exciting “information” class, a behind the scenes look at the Jacksonville Police Department.

The mission of the Jacksonville Citizens Police Academy is to increase public awareness and confidence, improve community relations and create a better understanding between the citizens and the Jacksonville Police Department through education.

The CPA is limited to those who live or work inside the city limits of Jacksonville, are over the age of 18, pass a background investigation, have no felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions for at least one year.

The instructors of the CPA will be officers from the Jacksonville Police Department. The instructors will speak on their area of expertise. The CPA is coordinated through the Training Section of the Jacksonville Police Department.

If you would like to attend the Citizens Police Academy, please complete an application. Applications are available at the Jacksonville Police Department, 1400 Marshall Road Jacksonville AR 72076 or online at www.cityofjacksonville.net . All applications must be received by April 5, 2013.

For more information, contact Sgt. Amanda Chapman at (501) 982-3191 or at achapman@cityofjacksonville.net.

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