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For Immediate Release

Redwood City's Citizens Police Academy Brings "Real Life" Law Enforcement Skills and Experience to the Community

Redwood City, CA - From forensics to narcotics, auto theft to SWAT teams, and juvenile crime to K9, the 21st annual Redwood City Citizens Police Academy offers an in-depth, "real life" look at the day-to-day experience of police work. The Academy is a rigorous and exciting 11-week program that is modeled after the State's curriculum for actual police academies. Applications are now available at the Redwood City Police Department for the 2012 session, which starts on September 13th, 2012 and continues to November 22nd, 2012. Each session is 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

In addition to fascinating "classroom" work featuring expert instructors and a variety of genuine police topics and issues, participants will actually go in the "field." Here, they'll get real, hands-on training and experience with live firearms, defensive tactics, a police patrol "ride along", and more. All sessions are conducted by veteran police officers and other law enforcement professionals.

This is a great opportunity for members of the community to gain a better understanding of the job that our local police department performs for the citizens of Redwood City, while building good will and supportive relations between the police and the public.

Each participant receives 40 hours of intensive instruction in a variety of real-life law enforcement activities. There's no sugar-coating or soft-pedaling - it's law enforcement reality, covering virtually every aspect of the roles and responsibilities of the Redwood City Police Department.

The curriculum for the 2012 session tentatively includes:

  • K9
  • Drugs
  • Traffic
  • Forensics
  • D.U.I.
  • Street Crimes
  • Criminal Law
  • Communications
  • SWAT
  • Jail tour
  • Officer Safety
  • Use of Force
  • Firearms
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Role-Playing Scenarios

Class size is limited to 25 participants, so interested community members are encouraged to call Officer Diana Villegas at 650-780-7104 or email as soon as possible to have an application sent. Applications are also available online at Participants must be at least 18 years of age and live or work within San Mateo County. This Academy is not intended to train participants for certification as law enforcement officials.

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Officer Diana Villegas
Redwood City Police Department

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