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Police to offer citizens academy

City residents in good standing will have a chance to sample law enforcement training through a citizens police academy slated to start in February.

One night a week for 12 weeks, up to 15 successful applicants will undergo classroom instruction plus hands-on time with equipment such as handheld radars and firearms.

“The idea of a citizens police academy has been on the back of Chief Brandon Standley’s mind and others of us for some time,” said Sgt. Allen Shields, who is managing the project.

“The main goals are to improve communication with the community about our jobs and dispel any myths they may have about policing. It’s an opportunity to show the citizens what we do on a daily basis.”

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