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Sign up now for the Spring Citizen's Police Academy at the Asheville Police Department

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Asheville - The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the spring semester of its Citizens Police Academy.  This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community. The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions. 

Classes begin March 7 at 6 p.m. at the Police Department.  The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes beginning at 6 p.m. each Thursday. The final day of the class is a certificate ceremony.  The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics.  Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol. 

Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or e-mail him at adunlap@ashevillenc.gov.