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For the 2nd Annual Citizens Police Academy and Application Form (2009),



Date of Release: Friday, April 3, 2008

Time 1200hrs

Reference: 1st Citizens Police Academy 2008

The Portsmouth Police Department will be hosting our first ever Citizens Police Academy that will be sponsored by Crime Stoppers. This collaborative effort will involve the seacoast communities and police departments of Greenland, Rye, Newington and New Castle and will begin April 23rd, 2008.

The goals of the Citizens Police Academy are:

To bring citizens closer to their police departments.
To bring a greater understanding of the role of the Police officer in the community.
To provide a forum to address community concerns direct to the Police Departments.
To expand the knowledge of laws and police procedure of the participants.
To increase the public awareness of crime prevention techniques.

The Citizens Police Academy will be limited to 25 adults. Citizens as well as business owners of these communities will be eligible to participate but they must FIRST complete an application. This application can be found on the Portsmouth Police Web Page as well as Crime Stoppers Web Page. The Academy will be structured in this manner:

Session 1 April 23, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location Portsmouth Police Department.
Welcome and introductions
Waiver completions/overview of Academy
History of Law Enforcement and Portsmouth PD
Officer Selection and Police Academy
Crimestoppers overview
Tour of Portsmouth Police Department

Session 2 April 30, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location Portsmouth Police Department.
Constitutional Law
Criminal Law
Elements of crime
Probable Cause
Search and Seizure
K-9 Demo

Session 3 May 7, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location Newington Police Department.
M/V Law
Accident Invst
DWI/Field Sobriety
Breath Machine
Tour of Newington PD

Session 4 May 14, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location Portsmouth Police Department.
Domestic Violence
Restraining orders
Violence prevention
Defensive tactics/OC/Taser

Session 5 May 21, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location Greenland Police Department.
Safe driving-Michelle Norton Video
Seatbelt use and the convincer demo
Bicycle patrol
Motorcycle patrols
Radar operation
In cruiser camera operations
Tour of Greenland PD

Session 6 May 28, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location Rye Police Department.
School Resource Officer
Narcotics Invst and SIU
Evidence collection
Mock crime scene
Group Photo
Tour of Rye PD

Session 7 June 4, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location New Castle Police Department.
Tour of NewCastle PD
Tour of Coast Guard Station and Boat
Tour of Rockingham County Jail

Session 8 June 11, 2008 1830-2130hrs. Location Portsmouth Police Department and/or City Hall Council Chambers.
Slide Show

In addition, each participant would be expected to attend 2 hours in a Court as an observer as well as 4 hours of ride along sometime during the 8 week academy. A participant is allowed to miss one session and still complete academy.

THERE IS NO FEE that will be charged to the participants. Course outline subject to change based on availability and Department activity that day.

For more information you can contact Detective Tom Grella at the Portsmouth Police Department at 603-610-7429 or e-mail at Citizenspoliceacademy@pd.cityofportsmouth.com or on the web at www.seacoastcrimestoppers.org.

Released by Capt. David Ferland for Police Chief Michael J. Magnant.

Media contact info phone number for questions is 603-610-7429 (Detective Tom Grella)


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