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Spots still open for the Hampton Township Citizens Police Academy

| Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, 11:00 p.m.
The Hampton Township Community Center (Submitted)
The Hampton Township Community Center (Submitted)

There are still openings available for the Hampton Township Citizens Police Academy and a chance to experience what it's like to be a police officer.

The free academy is accepting applications through March 9. The first class will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from April 4 until May 16, said Officer Chris Finnigan, who presented the program to council earlier this year.

It will feature classroom instruction, speakers of various levels of law enforcement and emergency personnel, he said. This is the first time for the academy. Applicants must be at least 18.

Hampton Chief Tom Vulakovich said there's no certain type of person who should attend. “It's appropriate for all adults, no matter what age,” he said. Vulakovich said 18 to 25 participants would be ideal.

The experience isn't regimented, but “laid back” and informative. And it's definitely interactive, the chief said.

“People we have coming in are very professionally trained in their field and they're very good,” Finnigan said at a recent meeting.

Classes will be held mostly at the Hampton Township Community Center.

Vulakovich said there won't be strenuous physical activity. Students might take field trips to a mock crime scene or to law enforcement agencies.

This will include SIMTAC, a simulated training program that puts the participant in everyday scenarios where they have to determine proper use of force.

Vulakovich said if someone feels uncomfortable doing the simulated active shooter program, they can opt out.

Applications are available at the Hampton Police Department on McCully Road.

Natalie Beneviat is a contributing writer.

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