Mayor Craig A. Moe and Chief Richard P. McLaughlin of the Laurel Police Department are pleased to announce the start of a new Citizen’s Police Academy beginning Wednesday, September 28, 2011. The class will be held at the Laurel Police Department, 811 5th Street, Laurel MD, from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Citizen’s Police Academy is a 14 – week program, which combines both classroom and hands–on instruction of a variety of police functions. These classes include major crime investigations, community policing, arrest techniques, officer 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 citizen with an inside 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 felony convictions or any misdemeanor convictions involving weapons or violence. Have no misdemeanor arrests within six months prior to the Laurel Citizen Police Academy.
For additional information, contact Major Robert Althoff at 301-498-0092 for an application. Applications must be received no later than September 21, 2011.