Openings still exist for Citizens Police Academy

By Tom Joyce -

The Mount Airy Police Department is looking for at least a few good men, or women, to fill up the remaining slots in its upcoming Citizens Police Academy (CPA) class.

“We’re still accepting people,” Paul Barker, a detective with the department, said in recent days regarding the popular program that typically has about 25 citizen participants.

Dec. 30 is the deadline for CPA applications, according to city Police Chief Dale Watson, which will allow the registration process to be finalized in time for the first class on Jan. 11.

The program will be held on Monday nights during about a 10-week period from January to sometime in March, in which participants will get behind-the-scenes looks at city law enforcement operations.

Organizers are now gearing up for the 16th year of the program, which has involved about 330 students so far.

The Citizens Police Academy offers participants the chance to ride with officers on patrol along with other activities.

That typically has included K-9 (police dog) demonstrations and learning about crisis-management team (most commonly known as SWAT) operations, firearms training, narcotics investigations, arrest and search/seizure procedures, laws and ordinances, officer training, court functions and more.

Those wanting to participate in the next Citizens Police Academy can contact community officers of the Mount Airy Police Department, either Ray Arnder or Gerald Daniel, for further instructions at 786-3535. Or they can pick up a CPA application at the police station on Rockford Street.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

By Tom Joyce

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