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February 18, 2013

Citizen Police Academy to be offered in April

AMESBURY — The Amesbury Police Department is now accepting applications for the next Citizen Police Academy Program, which begins on Wednesday, April 3.

The program will be held each Wednesday evening for eight weeks until May 22. The academy classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be held at the Amesbury Police Station Conference Room, located at 19 School St.

The objectives of the Citizen Police Academy are to familiarize participants with various aspects of law enforcement, an understanding of the criminal justice system and insight into the operations of the Amesbury Police Department. Participants will be able to learn more about the duties of a police officer and the community services of the Amesbury Police Department. Topics will include: Crime Scene Processing, Evidence Collection, Accident Reconstruction, K-9 Training, Special Operations Unit (SWAT), Domestic Violence, Criminal Investigations, the Court System, Drug Investigations, Training, State Accreditation and more. A two-hour cruiser ride along will be offered to participants as well as a tour of the Essex County House of Correction.

Applications are available at the police station or online at under the Public Safety/Police Section-Community Events. Those interested in participating in the program should complete and sign the application, then return it to the police station, via mail or in-person, by March 8.

The cost of the program is $25 ($20 for senior citizens and students), which helps provide refreshments for the program. Payment is not necessary until the applicant is accepted and the program begins.

Class size is limited to 20 participants. Applicants will be required to submit to a standard records check and may be denied access to the program depending upon the results. For questions about the program, contact officer Thomas Hanshaw at the Amesbury Police Department, 978-388-1217. Questions may also be directed via e-mail to Hanshaw at

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