GREENSBORO – The Greensboro Police Department is now accepting applications for its 2016 Police Citizens’ Academy, and is encouraging anyone who wants to make a difference in their community to apply.
Designed to be hands-on and interactive, the Academy’s 16 sessions include demonstrations, practical exercises, and ample time for questions and answers. Senior GPD employees will cover topics including: problem-oriented policing, Constitutional law, forensic services, special teams, vice/narcotics, youth outreach programs, and patrol operations. Two of the sessions include real-world experience during Police Week and National Night Out. Participants will also ride along with GPD officers, undergo the challenge of a simulated field encounter using the Firearms Training System, and learn about police defensive tactics.
“The Greensboro Police Citizens’ Academy is just the start of our relationship with the residents who participate in the program,” said Chief of Police Wayne Scott. “We want our graduates to take what they have learned to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. And, we want our alumni to continue a long-term partnership with GPD to share responsibility and resources to make our city safer.”
The Greensboro Police Citizens’ Academy meets every other Thursday beginning Feb. 4, 2016, and concludes with a graduation ceremony on August 25, 2016. Eligible Greensboro residents over the age of 18 can apply for the Academy at http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/gpca. Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2015.
“Through our instructors, classmates, and participation in ride-a-longs, I was able to take the opportunity to learn about the role of our police department in our community, and at a much deeper level,” said Peter Romanella, PhD, who graduated from the 2015 Academy. “Our classes motivated me to do further research and studying, which helped me to look at my own perceptions, often based on limited and sometimes biased information, in a new light. There is so much to learn and experience--I strongly recommend the program.”
The Greensboro Police Citizens’ Academy support’s Scott’s strategy of expanding community outreach efforts to better connect with all of Greensboro’s residents.
The Greensboro Police Citizens’ Academy augments the program of instruction provided by The City in its academy. You may still apply for the GCPA even if you have attended Government Works: A City Academy.
- a press release