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CMPD Offers Workshops at Training Academy in Steele Creek

(September 16, 2010) The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) is offering Community Education workshops for Mecklenburg County residents 18 years and older. Most of the workshops will be held at the CMPD Training Academy (1770 Shopton Road, at the corner of Beam Road) in Steele Creek.

The 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.

During 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.

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

The fall 2010 Community Education workshops listed below will be held at the CMPD Training Academy, except as noted.

Police Officer Selection and Training - 9/21/10
Constitutional Law, Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure - 9/28/10
Internal Affairs and Use of Force - 10/12/10
Community Policing and Patrol Divisions - 10/5/10
Traffic Enforcement - 10/19/10
Crime Prevention and Neighborhood and Business Services - 10/28/10
Crime Scene Search - 11/11/10 (CMPD Headquarters, 601 East Trade Street)
Criminal Investigations - 11/16/10
Research Planning and Technology - 11/30/10
Animal Care and Control - 12/16/10 (Animal Care and Control, 8315 Byrum Drive)

The Community Education workshops are part of a larger program called Citizens Academy. Citizens Academy participants are expected to attend all Community Education workshops, plus some additional practical workshops that are open only to those who have applied for and been accepted to the Citizens Academy.

The Citizens Academy will be offered twice a year, in fall and spring. In order to graduate from the Citizenís Academy a participant must attend the required workshops within a two-year time limit. The fall 2010 Citizens Academy has already begun.

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.

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