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Ithaca Police Department Chief of Police John R. Barber is pleased to announce that the Ithaca Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Police Academy from April 6th, 2016 through May 25th, 2016.

The goal of the eight week long IPD Citizens Police Academy is to create a better understanding of the daily activities of police officers who serve in the Ithaca community, to strengthen the relationships with the community and the officers, and to enhance the police services that are provided to the Ithaca community.

The Citizens Police Academy will ultimately help police officers to create a safer community in which to live, work, and grow.

The course is a combination of lecture and interactive activities which will give a firsthand look at the department’s functions, resources, and programs. Other area Law Enforcement Agencies will be assisting the IPD to provide an educational experience for the students.

Some topics that will be included are: SWAT and Critical Incident Negotiations Team operations, K9 Team, interactive reality-based scenarios, bicycle patrols, traffic enforcement, officer safety and defensive tactics, police and patrol operations, and narcotics identification.

Most of the Citizens Police Academy classes will be held at the Ithaca Police Department. The program will be limited to 20 attendees and preference will be given to those who live or work in Tompkins County. Participation in the program is FREE, and graduates will be issued a graduation certificate.

Acceptance into the program is subject to a check of the applicant’s background and references. Applications are due by 3:00 pm Friday, March 25, 2016. Applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the Ithaca Police Department, 120 East Clinton Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.

Applications as well as additional information on the IPD Citizens Police Academy can be found at: www.cityofithaca.org/police

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.