JPD accepting applications for Citizen Police Academy

JPD accepting applications for Citizen Police Academy

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - If you have ever wanted an inside look at how the Jonesboro Police Department fulfills its duties, here is your chance.

Citizen Police Academy will begin on Thursday, Sept. 3.

The interactive 12-week course will provide hands-on activities taught by police officers and specialized law enforcement personnel, according to Paul Holmes, public information specialist for the JPD.

Classes will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursdays and will cover a wide range of topics including patrol operations, police canine operations, criminal investigations, crime prevention techniques, traffic stops, police use of force and SWAT.

Students may also choose from electives, such as firing range day and a ride-along with a patrol officer.

The class is limited to 35 students. Participants must be 21 years of age, live or work in Craighead County, have no prior felony arrests and have no serious misdemeanor arrests in the last two years.

Students with at least 75 percent attendance will be eligible for graduation in November.

Holmes said "graduates who are interested will be afforded volunteer opportunities to assist the police department when needed."

For more information or an application, contact Holmes at (870) 336-7297, email; or Sgt. Cassie Brandon,

Applications are also available on the JPD website.

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