Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE -- Snellville's police department is offering its first 2010 Citizens Police Academy, but don't expect regular Joes running wild like in the '80s slapstick movies.
Rather, Snellville residents and non-residents alike can enroll in a free 10-week course starting Aug. 24 to learn more about law enforcement and how it affects their lives.
The class will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Snellville Police Department. Applicants must be 18 or older and willing to undergo a background check.
"It's really just to give them a better awareness of what we do on a daily basis," said Investigator Trey Downs, who is running the academy. "We want to bring the community and police department closer together so we can work hand in hand to fight crime."
Members of the Snellville Police Department will teach the daily operations of the police department, Georgia law, crime scene investigation and other topics. Participants can also ride-along with officers to get a first-hand look at the front lines.
Downs hopes the academy will help foster an understanding of the police department and make people more comfortable reporting crimes and suspicious activity.
This is the third Citizens Police Academy offered after two successful runs in 2009. Alumni of the program can join the Snellville Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association, a nonprofit organization that supports and fundraises for the police department.
To apply, visit www.snellville.org under the Departments, Public Safety and Alerts, Bulletins, Crime Tips tabs. There is no cap to how many people can join. For more information, call the department at 770-985-3560.