Want an Inside Look at Police Work? Citizen's Academy Accepting Applications

Cranston Police are accepting applications for the next Citizen's Academy — an eight-week program that offers an "action packed" look at the inner workings of the police department.

Ever wonder what it's like to dust for fingerprints, use a radar gun or work a crime scene from the inside of those big CSI trucks that roll in whenever there's a murder, robbery, or missing persons case?

Now's your chance to get an inside look at the lives of the men and women who swear to serve as police officers.

The Cranston Police Department is accepting applications for another Citizen's Police Academy "to give our citizens an unforgettable experience and information on how and why the department operates along with the examination of the culture of police work and the organization," according to a release.

On a personal note, I was fortunate to be accepted into the Citizen's Police Academy earlier this winter and Capt. Todd Patalano of the Dept. of Police Training Division isn't kidding when he says it's an rare, "action packed" opportunity to get a true inside look at the workings of a city police department.

Tour the inside of the sprawling Cranston Police Headquarters, ride along with a Cranston patrol officer — you never know what might happen. At the last session, one person was in a cruiser when shots were fired on Reservoir Avenue. Needless to say, agreeing to participate means you might just have to hang on to the "oh crap" handle above the passenger door.

You'll also learn about use of force, get a taser demonstration, talk with top CSI officers, detectives and the hard working staff that gives police the tools they need to get the job done. See inside the CSI van, learn how bullet trajectories are calculated, meet the K-9 and get familiarized with the firearms police use at the training complex off Phenix Avenue.

You have to be 18 or older and no criminal history, but parking tickets and traffic violations aren't a big deal to get into the 8-week program.

This session will run from April 1 to May 20. Meetings run Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you're interested, go to http://www.cranstonpolice.com/CPA.htm and fill out an online application.

You don't have to be someone who wants to work in law enforcement. There is no age limit or background requirements. The program is a form of community outreach that is intended to "educate those respected members of our community who want to hear, learn and experience information on law enforcement operations."

Mark Schieldrop February 07, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Do it, Becca. I did it. It's fun and interesting.
my world February 07, 2014 at 07:48 PM
no criminal history so if you 60 years old and you did something stupid in your 20s you are marked forever. well now . so I will take this into consideration the next time something happens an police ask for our help I will have to respond in kind sorry sir I am not qualified to assist in any manor.
Mark Schieldrop February 07, 2014 at 08:40 PM
I think if you're 60 and have a something that happened 40 years ago, unless it was a serious violent felony or something like that, you should still sign up. You'd have an opportunity to explain what happened or say that you had a misdemeanor in your 20s and now you're 60 and an upstanding citizen, etc. I think they're trying to prevent someone engaged in the criminal world getting an opportunity to roam the police station.
my world February 07, 2014 at 09:00 PM
thanks mark this could open up another problem we have with people who committed crimes . 15 or 20 YEARS AGO and now have been in the clear for 20 years. you can not get a dishwashing job\ if you got a record I understand the reasoning for the record system but now its choking us. lets face it kids get in trouble for a couple of reasons no job or bad home life then they wise up straighten out hopefully but the record stalls them again. everything is becoming more restrictive so kids and people rebel
Becca February 08, 2014 at 01:21 PM
I applied! I am so excited!


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