BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Bridgeport Police Department is looking for people who want to take part in its Citizens Police Academy.
The academy is designed to give citizens an up-close understanding of the police department and its efforts to prevent and solve crimes and protect citizens.
The goal of the academy is to foster a better relationship between the community and the Bridgeport Police Department.
Graduates will gain a better understanding of the Bridgeport Police Department's operation, develop an awareness for the challenges officers face and gain insight into the decisions officers make on a daily basis.
The program lasts 10 weeks and will meet from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays starting in October at the Bridgeport Police Training Academy, 405 Newfield Ave.
“The Citizens Police Academy is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Bridgeport to interact with and learn about the police department,” said Bridgeport Police Chief Joe Gaudett. “I encourage those involved in our communities, our many Neighborhood Block Watch Programs, and any other interested citizens to apply to the program."
"The Citizens Academy will also give police officers another link to the neighborhoods they serve and further strengthen our community policing efforts," he added.
For admission to the academy, applicants must be 21 years or older. They also must be a resident of Bridgeport, a business owner in Bridgeport or involved within the Bridgeport community in some way, such as youth involvement, working within the city, etc.
Applications for the program can be picked up at Bridgeport’s Community Services, which is at 1395 Sylvan Ave., or Bridgeport Police Department Headquarters at 300 Congress St.
A maximum of 30 students will be selected for the program.
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