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Coming Soon...Fall 2018 Academy!
     

Overview
The Citizen’s Police Academy is an exciting way to learn about police work. Through a well-prepared curriculum taught once a week for eight weeks, students learn about the various aspects of police operations. Academy participants meet many of the men and women who serve in the Creedmoor Police Department as they explain the roles of police officers, investigators, and administrators. Participants also learn how officers are trained, and how every citizen can help protect themselves and their community against crime.

                   Fall 2018 Academy Information
               Dates:   Every Monday
TBD
             Times:
  6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  Deadline to submit:
  TBD
           

Purpose
The academy is designed to give Creedmoor residents and area business owners a chance to develop not only a better understanding of the services provided by their police department, but also of the challenges faced by the agency and its members. This collaborative environment between local residents, business owners, and police officers helps to identify problems and generates community-oriented solutions, which builds the kind of trust critical to the success of the police department and results in a more engaged, safer community.

 

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Course Content
Topics included in the curriculum are included below in the following sample schedule (course sequence may vary):

   
 WEEK 1
  ORIENTATION / CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM INTRODUCTION
The first session provides participants with an overview of the Creedmoor Police Department and focuses on the roles played by other criminal justice organizations outside the police department, as well as how those entities working hand in hand with the police department in the pursuit of justice. Students learn about a variety of services available to them through various criminal justice organizations.
   
WEEK 2
  CRIMINAL LAW and SEARCH AND SEIZURE
This session includes a discussion of the three sources of law, comparing and contrasting reasonable suspicion and probable cause, and comparing and contrasting the terms “voluntary contact”, “investigative detention”, and “arrest.” Students learn about the types of searches an officer may conduct without a search warrant, the legal concepts of custody, interview, and interrogation as they apply to Miranda rights, and the difference between criminal offenses and civil matters.
   
WEEK 3
 
CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
Students receive a general overview of different scenarios encountered by investigators at crime scenes. The dangers of contamination, methods of properly documenting scenes, and collecting evidence will be presented. Opportunities to take part in practical exercises are also offered.
   
WEEK 4
  DRUG / GANG AWARENESS / K-9
The use and distribution of illegal narcotics is often the root of many other crimes, and because gangs and drugs generally go hand-in-hand, enforcement is a major priority for the Police Department. In this session, the class discusses strategies and resources officers utilize to suppress and combat this type of criminal activity. Students are provided with information that will allow them to join with police in recognizing and reporting gang/drug related crimes as well as useful information they can share with others seeking to overcome drug addiction or gang involvement. In addition, this session includes information on police canine operations and demonstrations conducted by K-9 officers.
   
WEEK 5
  POLICE USE OF FORCE/ SCAT
Questions answered in this session include: How often must Creedmoor police officers resort to force to affect an arrest? How do we ensure officers use only the amount of force necessary? What weapons are issued to and utilized by Creedmoor Police Officers? Students learn how officers are trained in the use of force and how difficult decisions regarding the use of force are made. A portion of this session is “hands-on” and provides participants with a chance to interact with '“suspect” role players in a variety of practical exercises.
   
WEEK 6
  VEHICLE STOPS
Traffic stops and the subsequent interaction with drivers and passengers are other examples of inherently dangerous tasks performed by police officers. In this block of instruction, class members are presented with basic information pertaining to the actual stop of the vehicle, environmental dangers faced by the officer, and some procedures for conducting records checks associated with the encounter. Participants have an opportunity to conduct mock traffic stops during a practical exercise, and learn what to do if they are stopped by a law enforcement officer.
   
WEEK 7
  FIREARMS (off-site)
During this practical exercise session, the class revisits the issue of use-of-force as it pertains to deadly encounters. With the use of actual duty gear and service weapons, participants are exposed to demonstrations and practical exercises that address weapon grip, draw, presentation, sight alignment, trigger manipulation, breathing and much more. Students are provided with resources that allow them to be responsible firearms owners. When resources permit, this session is unique in that students use a training weapon to fire simulated rounds at a variety of training targets.
   
WEEK 8
  COMMUNITY POLICING / GRADUATION
The final session of the Creedmoor Citizen’s Police Academy is a summation of how participants can work with police to create a safer community. Common sense strategies for preventing crime before it is committed are discussed, and students are provided with suggestions on how to better secure themselves and their property from criminal activity. Students who successfully complete the course are awarded a Certificate of Completion in recognition of their participation and partnership with the agency.
   
 
       

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Class space is limited to 20 participants on a first-come/first-served basis.
  • All southern Granville County community members are encouraged to apply, however preference will be given to Creedmoor residents, business owners, and civic group members.
  • Applicants must submit to a limited background investigation which includes a criminal history and driving record check. Applicants who have a criminal history of felonies or serious misdemeanors will not be selected to attend the class.

Application Process
When a new academy is scheduled, complete enrollment information and application packets may be picked up in person at the Creedmoor Police Department or downloaded below.  If there isn't a download option, it is because we are not currently accepting academy applications.

Future Academy Announcements
Residents are encouraged to register for e-Notification to stay informed of program announcements and other happenings in Creedmoor.


Contact

Lieutenant Tommy Wallace
(919) 528-1515

 
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Fall 2017 Citizen's Police Academy Graduates!
Fall 2017 Citizen's Police Academy was a success!
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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