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Now Accepting Applications for the Citizens' Police Academy!

The Harford County Sheriff's Office is once again offering Harford County residents the opportunity to attend the annual Citizens Police Academy— a 15 week program designed to provide residents with a better understanding of the Sheriff's Office and its operations and to foster a partnership between the Sheriff's Office and the communities it serves.

This year's academy, which is free of charge, will be held every Tuesday evening beginning March 4, 2014 through June 10, 2014, and is open to any Harford County resident 18 years of age or older. Community groups, businesses and elected officials also are encouraged to nominate individuals to participate.

Weekly classroom instruction will include overviews of nearly every aspect of Sheriff's Office operations, from patrol services and criminal investigation to the agency's K-9 Unit, Dive Team, and Crisis Negotiation Team. Deputies will provide presentations on topics such as personal safety, drug identification, and gang activity. Students will supplement their classroom training with field trips to the Harford County Detention Center, the Harford County Emergency Operations Center, the Sheriff's Office Evidence Collection Unit, and both the Northern and Southern Precincts.

As part of the Academy, students will have the opportunity to use the agency's Firearms Training System. This state-of-the-art video training system lets students experience, in as realistic a setting as possible, the milliseconds in which police officers are sometimes forced to make life and death decisions.

Download your application at http://harfordsheriff.org/events/cpa/.  Closing date for applications is February 26, 2014.

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