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February 28, 2011:

CMPD Citizens Academy and Community Education Workshops

CMPD’s Citizens Academy is now accepting applications for spring 2011 workshops which begin on March 15, 2011. 
 
Workshops are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings either at CMPD Headquarters 601 East Trade Street or the Training Academy located at 1770 Shopton Road, from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm.
 
Last year the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Training Academy redesigned our Citizens Academy Program to include Community Education Workshops.
 
Community Education Workshops
 
We are offering many of the Citizens Academy classes as Community Education Workshops which are open to Mecklenburg County Residents 18 years or older upon registration.
 
During the Community Education Workshops you will learn about the police department’s history, our mission, recruitment process, training of recruits and officers, crime prevention techniques you can use, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, gangs, volunteer opportunities and our community policing philosophy.  You will participate in open discussions designed to foster an understanding of how the CMPD works with the community and for the community.
 
You do not have to complete an application however registration for each workshop is required.
 
Citizens Academy Program
 
All residents of Mecklenburg County 18 years and older are encouraged to apply for the Citizens Academy Program. Efforts are made to include members of the business and religious community, as well as, local community leaders, elected officials and media representatives.
 
Each applicant is subject to a general background check. After approval of your application to the Citizens Academy Program, you will then be able to register for and attend Citizens Academy Only Workshops, which include practical exercises and demonstrations that will enhance your understanding of police operations.  You will have the opportunity to ride in a police car, go to the firearms range, learn about defensive tactics and participate in tours of our crime lab, command center and 911 Communications room.
 
Maximum enrollment is 40 per workshop/class. 
 
For more information about application to the Citizens Academy and registration for the Community Education Workshops please complete the online forms at
www.cmpd.org Look for Citizens Academy under quick links) or call 704-432-1655.  RF