Citizens Police Academy
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Citizen’s Police Academy
Ordinary citizens are given an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the Hagerstown Police Department through the annual Citizen's Police Academy. Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 course, which runs from September 7th - October 24th.
The 11-session course gives participants an overview of several divisions and operations of the police department, from Patrol to Criminal Investigations. Attendees have the option to participate in the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) at Hagerstown Community College, where they respond to police scenarios in an interactive video game setting. Class members can also go on a ride-along with a police officer and be trained for emergency preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. All sessions are led by current police personnel who use real-life examples from their experiences to instruct the class.
Session 1 - Meet the Chief
Washington County Free Library
100 S. Potomac Street
This session is an overview of the police department and its mission to the citizens of Hagerstown. Chief Brito will discuss strategies, technology, personnel deployment, and resources in this open question-and-answer session.
Session 2 - Fourth Amendment/Search and Seizure
Washington County Free Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Presenters will provide an overview of the fourth amendment and how it dictates when and how law enforcement can conduct searches and arrests.
Session 3 - Police Patrol and Traffic Stops
Police patrol procedures are covered, and you’ll learn why police conduct traffics stops in a particular way. This will help attendees develop a better understanding of why stops are made and for what officers are looking. Driving under the influence and field interviews (questioning people on the street) are also covered.
Sessions 4 & 5 - C.E.R.T. Training
September 28th & September 30th
16232 Elliot Parkway
Williamsport, MD 21795
Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) includes classroom instruction and some hands-on experience to show you how to help yourself and your neighbors in a disaster or emergency when first responders may be delayed due to the nature of a crisis. Training is geared for people ages 18-80 and for individuals with physical disabilities.
Session 6 - Police and the Use of Force
Department of Community and Economic Development
14 N. Potomac St.
Instructors will explain the varying Use of Force levels. Learn how police are trained to apply discretion when using force, and understand why police react in a particular way to a possible or imminent threat at different force levels. See how checks and balances are executed by the Internal Affairs Unit, the operation that polices the police within the department.
Session 7 - K-9 Demo/The Crime Lab and the "CSI Effect"
Hagerstown Police Department
50 N. Burhans Blvd.
You can’t believe everything you see on TV. You’ll learn how television distorts the true forensic science in criminal investigations. Instead, we’ll show you how investigators process a crime scene, and you’ll gain an understanding of how evidence is woven together to solve cases. During this session, you'll also get to see one of HPD’s K-9s in action and learn about the dog’s capabilities and training with its handler.
Session 8 - Special Response Team/Negotiators/Range DayOctober 14th
During this session, we’ll tell you more about the specialized tactical team and negotiators who are called in to respond to crisis situations. This session also includes a firearms safety training with HPD personnel.
Session 9 - Criminal Investigations
Congregation B'nai Abraham
553 E. Baltimore St.
Take a look at some crime scene investigations from the point of view of the investigating detectives. Please be aware that this session will contain actual crime scene photos that are graphic in nature.
Session 10 - Field Day at Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive
Attendees will use the interactive Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) to test their judgment to shoot in various police scenarios. Participants will also process mock crime scenes to understand basic forensic skills such as finger printing. Plus, learn more about how officers respond to domestic violence calls.
Session 11 - Course Graduation with Mayor and Council
1 E. Franklin St.
You’re finished! Participants who attended six or more of the eleven sessions are invited to be recognized by the Mayor and City Council at their Regular Session. We’ll host a get-together after the meeting with snacks and refreshments.