The Citizen Police Academy is a six week program designed to introduce Amherst residents, seventeen years of age or older, to the internal workings of the Amherst Police Department in addition to the duties and responsibilities of individual officers. Classroom sessions will encompass a wide range of interesting topics including defensive tactics, less than lethal options, crime scene search, building search, field sobriety testing and the history of the Amherst Police Department.
Participants will be encouraged to actively participate in a variety of creative and hands-on classes conducted in a controlled environment that will foster a safe, fun and educational learning experience. There will also be demonstrations by several specialized units operating within the Amherst Police Department. The citizen academy culminates with the participants having the opportunity to ride with the patrol officer assigned to the district in which they live.
Classes will be held weekly at the Amherst Police Department Community Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning March 8, 2011, and concluding April 12, 2011. Enrollment will be limited to the first 20 applicants, so please do not delay! The application deadline is Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Applications may be picked up in person at the Amherst Police Department or downloaded off our website at www.amherstpd.org . Applications must be completed and returned to:
Amherst Police Department
Attn. Sgt. David Knightly
111 Main Street
Amherst, MA. 01002
Questions regarding the Citizens Police Academy may be forwarded to Sgt. David Knightly at 413-259-3274 or via email at email@example.com . Grant funding will be utilized to offset the cost of this program.