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For Immediate Release

Redwood City ’s Citizens Police Academy Brings “Real Life” Law Enforcement Skills and Experience to the Community

Redwood City, CA - June 22 , 2007 - From forensics to narcotics, auto theft to SWAT teams, and juvenile crime to K9, the 16 th annual Redwood City Citizens Police Academy offers an in-depth, “real life” look at the day-to-day experience of police work. The Academy is a rigorous and exciting 11-week program that is modeled after the State’s curriculum for actual police academies. Applications are available now for the 2007 session, which starts on Thursday, September 6 th.

In addition to fascinating “classroom” work featuring expert instructors and a variety of genuine police topics and issues, participants will actually go in the “field.” Here, they’ll get real, hands-on training and experience with live firearms, defensive tactics, and more. All sessions are conducted by veteran police officers and other law enforcement professionals.

This is a great opportunity for members of the community to gain a better understanding of the job that our local police department performs for the citizens of Redwood City, while building good will and supportive relations between the police and the public. Each class is 3 hours in length.

Each participant receives 40 hours of intensive instruction in a variety of real-life law enforcement activities. There’s no sugar-coating or soft-pedaling – it’s law enforcement reality, covering virtually every aspect of the roles and responsibilities of the Redwood City Police Department.

The curriculum for the 2007 session tentatively includes:

K9 Drugs Defensive Tactics Firearms
Traffic Forensics Use of Force Jail
Vehicle Theft Street Crimes Officer Safety SWAT
Criminal Law Communications DUI Role-Playing Scenarios

Class size is limited, so interested community members are encouraged to get their applications in right away! Call 780-7104 to have an application sent to you, or go online, print the application, and send it in. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and live or work within San Mateo County. This Academy is not intended to train participants for certification as law enforcement officials.

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Officer Jaime Mateo
Redwood City Police


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