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Sign up for Bergen Citizens’ Police Academy

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Enrollment is open for the next class of Bergen County’s Citizens Police Academy, a nine-week course designed to educate participants about law enforcement policies and tactics, Sheriff Michael Saudino said this morning.  Bergen residents 18 and older are eligible. 

Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino

“As a career law enforcement official, my greatest priority is protecting the safety of our citizens,” Saudino said.  “Our popular Citizens’ Police Academy gives residents a better understanding of the important work police do in their communities and how it keeps them safe every day.”

The academy is designed to educate participants on the functions of the Sheriff’s Office and the role it plays in Bergen County.  The academy is offered in a classroom-style format with demonstrations of equipment and tactics used by law enforcement.

Participants learn about the tools and strategies officers use in a broad range of areas including homeland security preparedness, the Medical Examiner’s Office, gang violence awareness, homicide investigations, K-9 patrol and detection, criminal investigations and ballistics. 

The next police academy class will begin on Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m.  Class meets once a week for nine weeks, and concludes with a graduation ceremony on Friday, May 27.

The deadline to register is March 17, 2011.

For more information or to sign up, contact the Community Outreach Unit at 201-336-3540.

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