Applications for Bergen Sheriff’s Citizens Police Academy
Enrollment for the 12th class of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Police Academy is open, Sheriff Michael Saudino announced this afternoon.
The sheriff’s academy graduated its largest class ever last December, a testament, Saudino said to “community involvement and commitment to public safety.”
The academy is designed “to educate participants on the functions of the Sheriff’s Office and the role the agency plays in Bergen County,” the sheriff said.
It uses a classroom-style format to demonstrate the types of equipment and tactics used by law enforcement in a wide range of areas — including motor vehicle stops, the Medical Examiner’s Office, gang violence awareness, homicide investigations, K-9 patrol and detection, criminal investigations and ballistics.
The class will also receive tours of the Bergen County Jail, the “old” county jail in the Bergen County Courthouse and the Medical Examiner’s Office.
A highlight, as always, was the sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification — the “CSI” of the county — which collects and processes evidence from crime scenes.
“One of the most important components of law enforcement is fostering strong relationships with the community,” Saudino said. “Our Citizen’s Police Academy gives residents firsthand knowledge of the important work police do to enhance public safety and protect Bergen County residents.”
Download the Application
Deadline for registration is Monday April 1, 2013
BCSO Citizens Police Academy
Who’s Eligible: Anyone 18 or older
When: Opening 7 p.m. Thursday April 4, 2013
Where: Bergen County Jail, 160 South River St., Hackensack
Graduation: Friday May 31, 2013
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