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Archived News Release from 2011

For Immediate Release

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

Redwood City, CA - August 4, 2011 - From narcotics to criminal law, gangs to SWAT teams, and juvenile crime to K9, the 20th 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 10-week program that is modeled after the State’s curriculum for actual police academies. Applications are available now for the 2011 session, which starts on Thursday, October 6th.

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 with years of real experience in their specialties.

This is a great opportunity for members of the community who have an interest in law enforcement, their community, the judicial process, and the inner workings of the Redwood City Police Department. This program provides participants with a better understanding of the job that our local police department performs for the community 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 many crucial aspects of the roles and responsibilities of the Redwood City Police Department.

The 2011 program tentatively includes:

Officer Selection/Hiring  Community Policing  Juvenile Law 
Community Youth and the Police  Identity Theft  Narcotics
Traffic Enforcement  Weapons Demo  K9 Demo
Use of Force  Gangs  Station Tour
Evidence Collection  Laws of Arrest  Criminal Law
Police Communications  Defensive Tactics  Police Activities League
Social Media and Technology Hostage Negotiation  SWAT

Class size is limited to 25 participants, so interested community members are encouraged to call Sgt. Eric Stasiak at 650-780-7102 or email as soon as possible to have an application sent to them. Applications are also available online at 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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Sgt. Eric Stasiak
Redwood City Police


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