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Training gets hands on at JPD Citizen Police Academy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Training got hands on Tuesday night at Jonesboro's Citizen Police Academy.

Since February, a group of about 30 Jonesboro residents have met up once a week to learn the ins and outs of what Jonesboro police do and why they do it.

On Tuesday night, class focused on JPD's SWAT team. Team leaders and members touched on the history of the police department's SWAT team that began in 1982.

People in the class were able to experience what it's like to wear SWAT gear, that can weigh up to 70 pounds or more, and learn the basics of what SWAT team members do to clear a building.

Adam Sartin told Region 8 News that this academy has been an eye-opening experience.

"We've talked about every different thing from criminal investigation and looking at murder scenes to tonight doing SWAT and looking at all the gear that they use," Sartin said. "It's been amazing."

They are about halfway through the 12 week program.

In the next few classes, citizens will hear from dispatchers in the classroom and have the chance to sit in at E911 Dispatch to see what life is like there.

Electives are also offered through the program like training simulations and ride-alongs with a patrol officers.

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