(Editor's note: The following information was provided by the Tewksbury Police Department.)
The Tewksbury Police Department has announced plans to run a Citizens Police Academy. The event is designed to give residents a chance to learn more about the department, its practices and procedures, according to Chief Timothy Sheehan.
"I am hoping this educational initiative will complement the Department’s mission of reducing crime and the fear associated with it," said Sheehan. "It will give residents an opportunity to get a firsthand view of the outstanding police work being performed by the men and women of the Tewksbury Police Department."
What is the Tewksbury Citizen Police Academy?
The Citizen Police Academy is a series of eight educational interactive classes sponsored by the Tewksbury Police Department. The Academy is held to educate citizens about the , its organizational structure, operations, and role in the community.
Participants are instructed by members of the Department as to the role and responsibilities of their various divisions. Citizens gain an understanding of the challenges facing law enforcement in today’s world. Students are not only given the opportunity to learn but to offer ideas and solutions as well. The goal of the Academy is to develop a unique partnership between citizens and their Police Department that benefits both.
Who Can Attend?
The Tewksbury Police Department Citizens Police Academy is offered to all residents 18 years or older. Participants MUST have no criminal history. A Background check is conducted on all applicants. Candidates must be able to commit to the class schedule, only one excused absence will be allowed in order to graduate and receive a Certificate of Completion.
When is the next Citizen Academy?
The next Citizen Academy begins April 4 and continues to the graduation on May 23. The Academy is held at the Tewksbury Police Department. Classes are held for eight weeks from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday night.
Topics may include: Criminal Law, Criminal Investigations, Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle Law, Identity Theft, Internet Safety, K-9 Operations, and more…
An PDF version of the application is attached to this article. Applications can also be downloaded on the Tewksbury Police Department website and/or picked up in the lobby of the Police Department. Completed applications should be mailed or hand delivered to:
Tewksbury Police Department
Attn: Safety Officer Jennie Welch
918 Main Street Tewksbury, MA 01876
For more information, call 978-851-7373, ext. 230