Citizen's Police Academy back in swing of things
by Shaka S. Lias
Jan 10, 2011 | 979 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cartersville Police is gearing up for a four night Citizen's Police Academy starting Feb. 15.

The academy is for anyone interested in learning how the department operates and experience some of the duties of a police officer.

"It's to give citizens an inside look at the jobs, laws, policies and procedures that govern what we do," said Capt. Jeff Black. "We want to show how we fit in the scheme of things," he said.

Black said lots of people don't understand the difference between the CPD and the Bartow Sheriff Department.

"Each one has a different job and responsibilities," he said.

Black said the academy is open to 20 people per class and about four officers will participate.

Some of the things that will be taught include firing various lethal and non-lethal weapons, mock traffic stops, driving simulator scenarios, evidence collection and classroom participation.

Black said they had an academy a few years back, but had to eliminate it do to finances.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said the county had to eliminate their academy for the same reason and hopes to start it when the economy picks up.

There is no fee for those who would like to participate and you do not have to be a resident of Cartersville, Black said.

The academy is open to anyone at least 18 years old. It will start on Feb.15 and continue each Tuesday night ending March 8. The classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Black said if you can't make all four classes just come whichever day your schedule allows.

A registration form can be picked up at the Cartersville Police Department. Black said the class is even open to those with a criminal record. "We're not wanting to be real hard, but we don't want someone with a major criminal history," he said.

Black said they will look at it on a case by case basis, and judge depending on the circumstances.

If you are interesting in attending, contact Captain Black at 770-607-8095 or e-mail him at jkblack@cartersvillepolice.com. The deadline is Feb. 5.