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    (3/14/2008) (New Haven, CT)—The New Haven Police Department (NHPD) is currently accepting applications for its popular Citizens’ Academy (CA), which will run from May 21st through July 23rd on Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Approximately 25 local residents will be selected from the department’s 10 community policing districts throughout the city. They will participate in the program which is designed to improve communication and understanding between police and community members.

    Residents selected will have a unique opportunity to work with officers and look behind the scenes of a progressive, community-minded police department. Ride-alongs with veteran officers, tours of various department divisions and meetings with the chiefs are only a sample of the extensive curriculum.

    Application forms for the next New Haven Police Citizens’ Academy are available between 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. weekdays at the Police Academy (710 Sherman Parkway), where the 8-week course will be held. Forms may also be obtained at all ten police substations, the main desk at police headquarters at One Union Avenue and at area libraries. Information will also be mailed directly to local social service organizations and agencies and to individuals throughout the city. In addition, details may be found online at www.cityofnewhaven.com/police.

    Completed applications must be received at the New Haven Police Academy at the hours listed below, when Citizens’ Academy staff will be available to answer questions:

    Wednesdays – Fridays: April 2nd – April 25th, 9:00am – 8:00pm

    Saturdays: April 5th, 12th and 19th, 10:00am – 12:00noon

    Applications received after 8:00pm on April 25th will not be considered.

    Applicants must reside in New Haven and people of all races, religions, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, genders and physical abilities are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be 18 years of age by the first day of classes, have no major felony convictions and no convictions involving domestic violence. Applications will be processed by the New Haven Police Department and potential candidates will be subject to a basic criminal history check. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Participants are required to commit to actively participating in all twelve sessions.

    For additional information, please call the New Haven Police Academy at 203.946.6309 between 9:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, or email us at policeacademy@newhavenct.net.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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