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Applications Now Available for Citizen's Police Academy

Pittsburgh police sponsor the 15-week program twice a year. The next course starts Feb. 4.

Ever wonder what it's like to be a police officer? Pittsburgh police are giving you a chance to find out.

The next Citizen’s Police Academy course begins Monday, Feb. 4, and applications are available now at http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/police/citizens_police_academy.htm. All applications must be received by Jan. 25.

The program will be held each Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for 15 weeks.

Participants will be taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects. They will learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and will meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them.

The first course will be held at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, located at 616 N. Highland Ave. in the Highland Park/East Liberty neighborhood of the City. All training takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.

Applications should be submitted by U.S. mail or hand-delivered to the Pittsburgh Police Training Academy.

For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy, please contact Lieutenant Jennifer Ford at 412-665-3600 or at jennifer.ford@pittsburghpa.gov.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors the Citizen's Police Academy twice a year. This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.


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Bob Dobbs January 05, 2013 at 03:13 PM
i have to ask, what is the point if it doesn't count toward anything ?
Erin Faulk January 05, 2013 at 03:21 PM
It would probably just be interesting for citizens to learn about. I also considered that for people who frequently work with police departments, but who are not police themselves (firemen, lawyers, courthouse employees, even news reporters), it would be a good course to gain understanding of how the police work and how police processes are carried out. That's just my take on it.

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