The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office today announced enrollment is open for the 14th class of the Citizen’s Police Academy, a nine-week course designed to give residents a working knowledge of law enforcement policies and tactics. Bergen County residents 18 and older are eligible to participate.
“One of the most important components of law enforcement is fostering strong relationships with the community,” Sheriff Michael Saudino said. “Our Citizen’s Police Academy gives residents firsthand knowledge of the important work police do to enhance public safety and protect Bergen County residents.”
BCSO’s Citizen’s Police Academy is designed to educate participants on the functions of the Sheriff’s Office and the role the agency plays in Bergen County. The academy is offered in a classroom-style format with demonstrations of equipment and tactics used by law enforcement.
Participants learn about the tools officers use in a broad range of areas including motor vehicle stops, homicide investigations, K-9 patrol and detection, drunk driving and crime scene analysis. The class will also receive tours of the Bergen County Jail, the “old” county jail in the Bergen County Courthouse, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI), and the Medical Examiner’s Office.
The next citizen’s police academy class is slated to begin on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Bergen County Jail. Class meets once a week at various locations around the county and concludes with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, May, 15 2014.
The deadline to register is Thursday, March 13, 2014. Please visit our website at www.bcsd.us and click on Community Outreach > Adult Programs, or click here to download an application.
For more information, please contact the Community Outreach Unit at 201-336-3540.