2014-03-13 / News

Registration open for police academy

The average person has always been interested in the role police have in a community, and now islanders will have the opportunity to feed their curiosity.

The citizens police academy will give Jamestown residents the opportunity to learn about their local force. The department’s intention is not to train citizens to become police officers, but rather to allow them to learn more about the department’s operations. Participants will learn the actual role of the police, and in return, the police will benefit from the wealth of knowledge that residents can provide about the community.

A wide variety of topics are included in the academy, including patrol and arrest procedures, traffic stops, DUI detection, accident reconstruction, active shooter, BCI evidence collection and firearms.

The police academy will consist of seven weeks of training. There will be one session held each Thursday evening, with the exception of the practical portion of the handgun safety class. The practical portion of the safety class, which is not mandatory, will be held at a date and location to be announced.

Classes will begin at 6 p.m. and will run about two hours. All participants must attend at least six classes and may complete a twohour ride along. Also, participants may sign up to work in the dispatch area. Participation is limited to Jamestown residents, and applicants must be at least 16 years old and pass a criminal background check. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

Applications are available at the police station or online at James townRI.net/police. Completed applications must be returned to the police station by March 31. Questions? Call Sgt. Joel Pinocci at 423-1212, ext. 1106.

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