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I have the opportunity to attend the powder Springs police Department Citizens Academy and I am wondering if it is worth the 3 hours a week for 10 weeks plus a 4 hour ride along?

I would appreciate input, especially from curent of former LEO's.
 

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I enjoyed the CPA I attended when I was back in Houston. It was 13 weeks, 3 hours a week, with two Saturday "practicals" consisting of 1 range day and 1 crime scene investigation day. I learned some, but not a lot. I enjoyed the experience immensely, though. I befriended more officers, was taught how to do building search by a SWAT team member, and had a lot of fun. I just wish Fulton County or SSPD/APD would host a CPA.
 

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legacy38 said:
I went to one that was eight hours a day and lasted for 10 weeks. I've been working on the practical portion for over eight years. :lol:
Do they give you a miniature plastic badge and a PBA bumper sticker when you finish the course?
 

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legacy38 said:
I went to one that was eight hours a day and lasted for 10 weeks. I've been working on the practical portion for over eight years. :lol:
OK, you are a Policeman, but what I asked for was input as to whether it would be worth it for me (a non LEO) to attend one of these things.

Any input would be appreciated.
 

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Legacy - the academy down here is only 10 weeks? Wow!

In MD, I spent the better part of the full 6 months as an intern with the class I was paired up with. After the 6 months, they have 8 weeks of field training as well.

I'd be curious to see what the differences are that account for the length of time.

And back on point Mafuta, I will be partaking in Gwinnett's this fall. I'm sure I won't learn as much as the average joe who has never been around an academy like I was in the past, however things are done differently down here in several ways, and I'm looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to meeting with some officers and having a chance to ask some questions.
 

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Mafuta54 said:
legacy38 said:
I went to one that was eight hours a day and lasted for 10 weeks. I've been working on the practical portion for over eight years. :lol:
OK, you are a Policeman, but what I asked for was input as to whether it would be worth it for me (a non LEO) to attend one of these things.

Any input would be appreciated.
I was just trying to interject some good natured sarcastic humor.

I guess the quality of the experience varies from department to department depending on how in depth they go and how much you are actually allowed to observe or participate versus time in a conference room. The programs seem to be fairly popular. They are a good tool for departments to give the public a view of the department that isn't provided by the media.
 

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legacy38 said:
I was just trying to interject some good natured sarcastic humor.
Always appreciated!! :lol:
 

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Legacy - the academy down here is only 10 weeks? Wow!

In MD, I spent the better part of the full 6 months as an intern with the class I was paired up with. After the 6 months, they have 8 weeks of field training as well.

I'd be curious to see what the differences are that account for the length of time.
The state mandate class is ten weeks. It's a basic certification class that doesn't include things like speed detection certification and a lot of topics that other states include in their basic academies. The state operates 10 regional academies that serve all of the departments in their specified region. Some departments operate their own academies and include a lot of extras that their particular departments want officers to have coming out of the academy. Also, a lot of departments have an "advanced academy" that they run academy grads through upon completing the basic academy.

The GSP has an 18 week academy. They get the 10 week basic school plus speed detection, three weeks of specialized crash investigation and a few other things that stretch it out that long.

The GBI runs a 16 week school that includes the basic 10 weeks plus specialized investigative courses.

An officer can go through a basic academy class and then attend all of the other stuff the GSP and GBI do; so, there is nothing really special about their academies other than the length as all of the training is available to every officer in the state.

The rumor is that all of the basic academies will be moved to the training center in Forsyth and that the regional academies will then focus more on advanced training. This plan has some good points and bad points. It should help standardize the basic training, which will be a good thing as the regional academies invariably end up doing things slightly different. Some run boot camps style, some are very relaxed, and some fall in the middle. I would expect that at GPSTC it'll be more boot camp style.
 

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Mafuta54 said:
I have the opportunity to attend the powder Springs police Department Citizens Academy and I am wondering if it is worth the 3 hours a week for 10 weeks plus a 4 hour ride along?

I would appreciate input, especially from curent of former LEO's.
Did you go?
 

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Mafuta54 said:
I have the opportunity to attend the powder Springs police Department Citizens Academy and I am wondering if it is worth the 3 hours a week for 10 weeks plus a 4 hour ride along?

I would appreciate input, especially from curent of former LEO's.
Did you go?
I did go and I enjoyed it. The Lt in charge did not know her laws very well and stated that we would be arrested for carying into public places such as "Publix"! :roll:
 

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Did you correct her? This is important stuff since she has a Taser and a gun and may want to use them on you or me when we are breaking no laws and simply wish for the police to leave us alone.

A good way to do it would be to send her the State v. Burns case, available here.
 

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Did you correct her? This is important stuff since she has a Taser and a gun and may want to use them on you or me when we are breaking no laws and simply wish for the police to leave us alone.

A good way to do it would be to send her the State v. Burns case, available here.
I did all of that and she said that she read them and understood my position, but still thought it was against the "Public Gathering" law! :cry:
 

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I think ACCPD's CPA starts in August if anyone is interested. There was something in Sunday's paper about signing up. I am sure it is on the ACCPD website too. I did their CPA a couple of years ago and it was a lot of fun and very informative.
 

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We went back and forth by email as well as in person and she was unable to admit that she actually might be wrong!
 

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Mafuta54 said:
I have the opportunity to attend the powder Springs police Department Citizens Academy and I am wondering if it is worth the 3 hours a week for 10 weeks plus a 4 hour ride along?

I would appreciate input, especially from curent of former LEO's.
This Thursday I will finish up the one done by the Columbia County SO. I've had a fun time see a little bit of the inside of the SO here.

I'd recommend it for anyone who just wants to learn more about what the SO does.
 
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