Columbia Police Department to hold Citizens' Academy in September

Thursday, June 10, 2010 | 6:35 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department will be hosting its semi-annual Citizens’ Academy from Sept. 7 to 30.

The Citizens’ Academy is open to applicants who are 18 years old and older. Because of class size restrictions, applicants who are 21 and older will get preference in being admitted this year.

Classes are held  from 6 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights .

Class topics are training and recruitment, internal affairs, patrol operations, traffic, K-9 operations, the mounted unit, use of force, TASER, SWAT, crisis negotiations, crisis intervention, narcotics investigations, legal issues, investigations, the bait car program, domestic violence investigation and scenario-based training.

To apply to attend the Citizens Academy, go to the department's website.

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