Mayor Moe and Chief Richard P. McLaughlin of the Laurel Police Department have announced the start of a new Citizen’s Police Academy beginning Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The class will be held at the Laurel Police Department, 811 5th Street, Laurel, Maryland, from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Citizen Police Academy is a 5– week program, which combines both classroom and hands-on instruction on a variety of police functions. These classes include major crime investigations, community policing, arrest techniques, officers’ survival, crime scene investigation, gangs, as well as a ride along with an on-duty officer. Students are encouraged to express their thoughts openly and honestly in a learning environment rather than a confrontational atmosphere. It is our goal that graduates leave the academy as more informed citizens with an insider’s view of our law enforcement function and operations.
For acceptance into the Citizen’s Police Academy, an individual must meet the following requirements: be at least 18 years of age, or high school senior. Live, work, or attend school in the greater Laurel community. Have no prior felony convictions and no misdemeanor convictions for offenses involving weapons or violence. Have NO misdemeanor arrests within six months prior to the Laurel Citizen’s Police Academy.
Applications must be received no later than March 29, 2012. For more information, please call Major Bob Althoff at 301-498-0092.