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Citizen’s Police Academy beginning in March

The Mason City Police Department and the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the 2011 Citizen’s Police Academy. The 2011 class is scheduled for Thursday Evenings beginning on March 17 and will last 10 weeks. Session will start at 6:00 pm and last until 9:00 pm. The Citizen’s Police Academy is open to those age 21 or older who live or work in Cerro Gordo County. There is no cost for participants.

The purpose of the Academy is to provide an educational opportunity so citizens can learn first hand about police and sheriff operations and services. The Academy helps to enhance police and community relationships by providing citizens insight into the internal workings of their law enforcement agencies. The weekly sessions are not designed to train participants as law enforcement officers, but rather to help them understand how law enforcement functions within the criminal justice system through classroom and hands-on sessions. Participants should come away from the Academy with a better understanding of why we do what we do for their community. Some the topics to be explored are criminal law, patrol tactics, crime scene investigation, jail functions, crime prevention, use of force and firearms training. All participants will also be provided the opportunity to ride along with a patrol officer and sheriff’s deputy.

Participants for the Citizen’s Police Academy will be selected through an application process overseen by the Chief of Police and the Sheriff. That process includes a background check. Applications may be picked up at the Mason City Police Department or the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office, or by going online to either agencies website. Citizen’s with further questions should contact Mason City Police Investigator Jeremy Ryal at 641-421-2716. Applications must be received no later than Monday, February 21, 2011 to be considered for the 2011 Academy. The class size will be limited to no more than 18 participants.|

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