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Suwanee police sponsor 8-week citizens academy

SUWANEE - If you've ever wondered what it would be like to wear a badge, the Suwanee Police Department is offering an opportunity that's more interactive, realistic and fun than watching episodes of your favorite criminal drama.

The police department's eight-week Citizens Police Academy begins Sept. 29.

The program offers Suwanee residents and businesspeople a way to get a glimpse behind the badge and to develop a better understanding of the issues, tactics and risks associated with law enforcement.

"I came away with a much better understanding of what our officers deal with on a regular basis," graduate Kevin Ward said. "I would recommend the class to others for two reasons. It is very informative - and it was fun, too."

Karat Harp, also a Citizens Police Academy graduate, said she sleeps better knowing the police are "between me and the bad guys."

"'To serve and protect' is not something (simply) painted on a car," she said. "It's a genuine, heartfelt mindset."

Classes, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, cover topics including crime scene processing, traffic stops, responding to burglary calls, crime prevention, narcotics identification and motor vehicle stops.

The deadline for notarized applications is Friday. Applications are available online at www.suwanee.com. Applicants must be at least 19 years old, and preference is given to Suwanee residents or to those who work in the city.

For more information, e-mail Officer Elias Casanas at elias@suwanee.com or call 770-945-4607, ext. 327.