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Behind the Badge: Citizen's Police Academy

Behind the Badge: Citizen's Police Academy

The Hagerstown Police Department has a few more spots left to fill its bi-annual Citizen's Police Academy. The 12-week course gives ordinary citizens an extraordinary look at the duties and responsibilities of the police force.
Television crime shows give people an unrealistic and impractical view of law enforcement, but the academy uses real scenarios to show citizens how investigations and procedures are actually conducted. Officer Gerard Kendle organizes the courses and serves as an instructor. He says, "Attendees get an inside view of the many different aspects of a municipal police department and the different strategies we employ to keep the citizens of Hagerstown safe and to create and foster the great quality of life we enjoy." Students cover a range of topics, including firearms training, crime trends and natural disaster response.
The course is open to people ages 18 and older who live, work or play in Hagerstown; there is no cost to participate. "Those people who are involved in their communities seem to get the most out of the program," Kendle adds. "People from all walks of life from students and business people, neighborhood volunteers to retired professionals, have all enjoyed the academy." Participants who enroll must pass a criminal background check before the course begins.
Classes are held for three hours each Monday from 6:30-9:30PM and there are three Saturday courses included. The program kicks off on February 13th when students will meet the Chief and see a K-9 demonstration. Students will be recognized at a course graduation on Tuesday, May 1st at the Mayor & Council meeting.
Applications for the Citizen's Police Academy are available at HPD headquarters located at 50 N. Burhans Boulevard. You can contact Officer Gerard Kendle at 301-739-8577 ext. 308 or for more information.

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