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Gastonia’s Citizens Police Academy accepting applications

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Applications are being accepted for the spring semester of Gastonia Police Department's Citizens Police Academy, which is scheduled to begin March 18.

The Citizens Police Academy focuses on Gastonia Police operations. Law enforcement is a profession that is continually changing and evolving, and the academy enables citizens to experience conditions similar to those that police officers go through in their training and on the job.

Participants meet from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. one night a week for 11 weeks with this year's academy running through May 27. Training topics include segments on the department's K-9 unit, SWAT Team, the Identification Bureau (crime scene investigations), Patrol Officer techniques, Crime Prevention programs and many other components of the police department. In addition, participants are expected to ride along with a police officer for at least two hours during the program.

Academy participants must be at least 18 years of age or older, and be subject to a background check. There is no fee for the academy – just a commitment to attend the classes. Nine out of the 11 classes must be completed to be eligible for graduation. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Applications are available at the Gastonia Police Department, 200 E. Long Ave., online at and are being accepted until the class is full or the deadline date of March 1. For more information, you may call Officer Amy Hawkins at (704) 842-5117.

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