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Demopolis Citizen Academy offers real police training

Have you wondered what kinds of training the local law enforcement receive and if you could handle it? That opportunity to learn waits, as the Demopolis Police Department will host its annual Citizen Police Academy.
The deadline to signup for the nine-week program is Sept. 22 and classes will start will start the following Tuesday, Sept. 29 at the Demopolis Police Department Station oat 301 E. Washington St. Only citizens ages 21 and up are allowed to participate in the courses.
“I would encourage anyone to attend because they can learn what actually goes on in the police department and be of service to the community,” said Sgt. Monica Oliver.
The event started by Chief Tommie Reese in the summer of 2010 is designed to help bridge the gap between the police department and the community.
The weekly classes, which meet every Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will start with a history of the police department lesson and then each week will offer different lessons, which include the following: self defense, police officer recruitment, car chases, driving under the influence detection, crime scene and finger print investigation, narcotics, police ethics, special response unit, K-9 operations, E-911 communications, human resource officer training, cyber crime unit, domestic abuse, and a CPA ride along.
On the final week of training, students will have the option to go to the Marengo County Gun Range to fire actual police weapons.
Meals will be donated each class by a private citizen.