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Citizen’s Police Academy Delayed

January 19th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Due to scheduling conflicts The Citizens’ Police Academy will not start on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. A new start date will be announced in the near future.  There are still openings available for the Wednesday evening classes from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The class size for the 2015 program will be limited to approximately 15-20 attendees. The classroom sessions will be held at the Public Safety Building/Cumberland Police Headquarters, 20 Bedford St. Cumberland, Maryland along with other designated places.

The Citizens’ Police Academy’s primary objective is to afford an opportunity for community, business, and religious leaders to become informed and educated about the many aspects of police work.  The academy is designed to give the attendees exposure as to why police respond to various situations in a particular way and how they ultimately handle those situations. 

The academy will give attendees the opportunity to see the benefits of public service and learn about the challenges and demands associated with law enforcement.  Attendees will learn about selected police units and will participate in practical applications that demonstrate the aspects of the police officer’s job.  They will gain a greater understanding of the safety procedures required in policing and will learn some of the techniques used in addressing crime in our community. 

The ultimate goal of the Citizens’ Police Academy is to foster relationships between law enforcement, communities, and businesses.  The department hopes to create an alliance that leaves us with voices in the community to act as ambassadors to build solid partnerships, thus creating a better quality of life for those we serve.

Applicants must be adult residents of Allegany County, Maryland.  City of Cumberland residents will receive priority over county residents. Applicants will be subject to a background check.

Applications and information can still be obtained by contacting Lt. Robert Reed or Lt. Brian Lepley, of the Cumberland City Police Department, at 301-759-6478 or 301-759-6463 or by stopping by the Cumberland Police Department. 

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