Applicants being sought for Citizens Police Academy

(Bel Air, Md. – January 22, 2008) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is offering citizens of the county the opportunity to attend the annual Harford County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy was created 15 years ago in an effort to better inform and educate the public as to how police work in today’s society. The 15-week program provides residents and business leaders with a better understanding of their Sheriff’s Office, fostering strong partnerships between the agency and community.

This year’s academy, which is free of charge to any residents of the county, will be held every Tuesday evening beginning March 4 and will continue through June 12, 2008. The academy is opening to any Harford County resident 18 years of age or older. Additionally, community groups, businesses and elected officials are encouraged to nominate individuals to participate in the academy. Enrollment is limited to 25 students on a first come basis. Closing date for applications is February 29, 2008.

The Citizens’ Police Academy is designed to enhance the partnership between the Sheriff’s Office and the communities it serves. It affords the attendees the opportunity to explore the Criminal Justice system, the structure of the Sheriff’s Office, elements of State and Constitutional Law and the authority, responsibility and limitations of police officers. Weekly classroom instruction will include overviews of all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office, including patrol services, criminal investigation, the K-9 unit, dive team, and crisis negotiation. Deputies will provide the students information on such topics as personal safety, drug identification and gangs. Students will supplement their classroom training with field trips to the Harford County Detention Center, Emergency Operations Center, Sheriff’s Office Evidence Collection Unit, Harford County Circuit Court and the Broad Creek Firearms Range. During the academy students will also have the opportunity to use the agency’s Firearms Training System (FATS). This state-of-the-art video training system allows students to experience, in a realistic setting; examples of scenarios that police officers are confronted with, including those requiring life and death decisions.

Space will fill quickly and enrollment is limited to only 25 students.

Session Topics

Session 1 – History and Organizational Structure

Session 2 – Police Services Bureau

Session 3 – Court Services Division

Session 4 - Public Information and Administrative Services Overview

Session 5 - Criminal Investigative Division

Session 6 – Forensics/ Collections of Evidence

Session 7 – Special Investigations Division

Session 8 – Correctional Services Bureau Overview – Tour of Detention Center

Session 9 – Emergency Communications – Tour of EOC

Session 10 – Emergency Vehicle Operations, Complaint Process, Use of Force & Self Protection Demo

Session 11 & 12 – Special Operations Overview

Session 13 – Firearms Range, K-9 Overview and Demo, Underwater Recovery Overview

Session 14 – Ethics and Crisis Negotiation Team and Demonstration

Session 15 – CPA Alumni and Firearms Training System

News Release

January 22, 2008


  • Monica A. Worrell

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