James City County Puts Out Call for Citizens Police Academy Applicants

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James City County Police Department is offering a Citizens Police Academy at the Law Enforcement Center. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)
James City County Police Department is offering a Citizens Police Academy at the Law Enforcement Center. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

James City County Police Department’s bi-annual Citizens Police Academy is now accepting applicants.

The academy, which has been in existence for more than two decades, offers members of the community “the opportunity to get an inside look at the operation and function of police procedures,” according to a recent James City County news release.

Included in the course curriculum is an overview of the police department’s philosophy, an understanding of the functions of each division and information on specialized units and procedures like polygraph testing, operation of RADAR, traffic stops, DUI enforcement, search and seizures, handgun safety, shooting range training, crime scene investigations, buildings searches and officer survival.

Students of the Citizens Police Academy will also have the opportunity to take part in numerous practical exercises including a nighttime building search, a citizen ride-along, firing weapons at a shooting range and a tour of the Emergency Operations Center.

The Spring 2016 Citizens Police Academy will begin Feb. 10 and run from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through May 18. There is also one Saturday session that will be held at the firing range.

The Citizens Police Academy is free and open to adults living or working in James City County. All applicants must undergo a criminal background check.

Contact Officer Jamie Lilley at jamie.lilley@jamescitycountyva.gov or 757-603-6027 for an application or with questions about the program. Space is limited.