CAMDEN — Every Tuesday from June 18-July 23, the Camden Police Department will host a Citizen Police Academy to allow residents to learn about police work, K9s, investigations, traffic stops and more.
According to Camden Police Chief Matt Spurlock, the purpose of the CPA is to foster better understanding between citizens and police through education. Graduates of the academy will be able to share their knowledge and experiences with the community as the opportunity arises
The Citizens Police Academy will meet one night each week from 6-8 p.m. for six weeks. Participants will receive hours of classroom instruction by police officers who supervise or work in a particular division within the police department. Classes will be an overview of the police department’s functions, operational procedures and a mix of lecture format and scenario/hands-on training. The weekly sessions are not intended to train participants to be police officers, but are intended to help create a citizenry that is both familiar and comfortable with its police department.
Applicants must be 18 years of age and live or work in the greater Camden area.
This is a free program, however to achieve the full benefit of the program, attendance is critical.
Apply at the Camden Police Department, inside Camden Town Hall, 56 W. Central Ave., Camden.