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CMPD Citizens Academy Starts in March at Training Academy

(February 27, 2011) The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) will be offering its Citizens Academy and Community Education Workshops for Mecklenburg County residents 18 years and older beginning March 15. Most of the sessions will be held at the CMPD Training Academy (1770 Shopton Road, at the corner of Beam Road) in Steele Creek. Sessions are scheduled during March through June and again in September through December.

The Citizens Academy and Community Education Workshops provide county residents with an opportunity to learn more about the CMPD and its services to the community.

Citizens are invited to participate in as many of the Community Education Workshops as they desire based on their interest and availability.

Additional sessions, including practical workshops and tours of facilities at police headquarters, are only open to citizens who have applied for and have been accepted to the Citizens Academy. In order to graduate from the Citizen’s Academy a participant must attend the required workshops within a two-year time limit.

CMPD Bomb SquadDuring the workshops citizens will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the services of the CMPD from a diverse group of police department personnel. Topics will range from the history of the CMPD to Criminal Investigations. Citizens Academy participants also will be able to participate in activities at the Police Firing Range, Driver Training Facility, and Police Headquarters. They also will be able to attend the Police Resource and Activity Day and see demonstrations by SWAT, the Bomb Squad (right), the Canine Unit, and other specialized units.

To attend sessions, you must sign up at least one week in advance here: CMPD Citizens Academy and Community Education.

The 2011 Community Education Workshops and Citizens Academy sessions listed below will be held at the CMPD Training Academy, except as noted.

Community Education Workshops

CMPD History, Mission, and Organization - 3/15/11 and 9/13/11
           (Police Headquarters, 601 E. Trade Street)
Police Officer Selection and Training - 3/22/11 and 9/20/11
Constitutional Law, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure - 3/29/11 and 9/27/11
Internal Affairs and Officer Use of Force - 4/5/11 and 10/4/11
Crime Prevention and Research Planning and Technology - 4/12/11 and 10/11/11
Traffic Enforcement - 4/19/11 and 10/18/10
Community Services (C.O.P. and Volunteering) - 4/28/11 and 10/27/11
Neighborhood and Business Services - 5/19/11 and 12/1/11
Criminal Investigations and Gangs - 6/7/11 and 12/13/11
Animal Care and Control - 6/16/11 and 12/17/11
           (Animal Care and Control, 8315 Byrum Drive)
Community Policing and Panel - 6/21/11 and 12/20/11

Citizens Academy Workshops and Activities

Practical – Traffic Stops - 4/26/11 and 10/25/11
Practical – Defensive Tactics - 5/3/11 and 12/6/11
Crime Reporting, Police Records, Command Center and Communications-911 -
           5/10/11 and 11/8/11 (Police Headquarters, 601 E. Trade Street)
Crime Scene Search, Property Control, and Crime Lab - 5/17/11 and 11/29/11
          (Police Headquarters, 601 E. Trade Street)
Practical – Police Driving - 5/24/11 and 11/1/11
Resource and Activity Day - 6/4/11 and 11/5/11
Practical – Firearms - 6/14/11 and 11/15/11

The workshops provide citizens with the opportunity to have a greater understanding of the department's mission and service to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community.

For more information, contact Maria Williams at 704-432-1655 or mwilliams2@cmpd.org.

 To comment on this story and to read more about sessions from last fall, please visit the Steele Creek Forum.

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