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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

New Haven police Citizens' Academy seeks applicants

NEW HAVEN — The Police Department is seeking applicants for its Citizens’ Academy that will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. for eight consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Oct. 28, at the Police Academy, 710 Sherman Parkway.
The program is designed to improve communication and understanding between police and residents, city officials said in a statement. It will give about 35 people an opportunity to work with officers and "get a behind the scenes look at a progressive, community-minded police department," the statement said.
Applications are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Police Academy, Forms a also are available at police substations, the main desk at police headquarters at 1 Union Ave., area libraries and at: www.cityofnewhaven.com.
Completed applications should be dropped off at the Police Academy by Friday. Citizens’ Academy staff will hold extended hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday at the academy to answer questions and review applications.
Applicants must be at least 18 by the first day of classes, have no major felony convictions and no convictions involving domestic violence.
Applications will be processed by the Police Department and potential candidates will be subject to a basic criminal history check. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Participants are required to commit to actively participating in all eight sessions.
For more information, call the Police Academy at (203)-946-6119 or e-mail policeacademy@newhavenct.net.

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