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Got this notice today...

Marietta Police Department’s Spring Citizens’ Police Academy to begin in March 2011.

The Marietta Police Department is announcing the upcoming session of its annual Citizens Police Academy. This program provides an opportunity for the citizens of Marietta to have the chance to experience what it is like to be a police officer.
During the program, participants will get an inside look at various units within the police department and learn topics to include: Crime Analysis, Narcotics, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Crime Interdiction Unit, Investigative Services, Traffic Enforcement, Community Response Unit, Crime Scene Processing, and more.
There is no charge for the nine week program, which is scheduled to begin March 8th, 2011. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Academy is open to the public pending a background check. Applications are available at the front desk of the Marietta Police Department at 240 Lemon Street. Applications are due by March 1, 2011 to ensure applications have ample time for review.
Anyone interested in participating in the Marietta Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy Program should contact the Community Response Unit’s Officer Mixon at 770-794-2361.

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For full details, go to https://local.nixle.com/alert/4640992/?sub_id=404493.

Contact Information:

Jenny Murphy
Support Services
770-794-5200 [email protected]
 

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THE START OF OBAMAS CITIZEN POLICE FORCE?
 

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These citizen academies are very popular programs. The one our department offers fills up quickly, and consistently gets great reviews from those folks that attend.
 

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the nine week program, which is scheduled to begin March 8th, 2011.The Academy is open to the public pending a background check. Applications are due by March 1, 2011 to ensure applications have ample time for review.
background checks can be done pretty promptly when when they're not for arming subjects.

i would be interested if forsyth county offered such a program.
 

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the nine week program, which is scheduled to begin March 8th, 2011.The Academy is open to the public pending a background check. Applications are due by March 1, 2011 to ensure applications have ample time for review.
background checks can be done pretty promptly when when they're not for arming subjects.

i would be interested if forsyth county offered such a program.
I know several deputies at Forsyth County SO that are involved with it. I believe they refer to it as their Citizens Law Enforcement Academy, or CLEA.
 

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http://www.ajc.com/news/cobb/sign-ups-begin-for-816956.html
Sign-ups begin for public safety academy
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a police officer or firefighter, here's your chance.
Cobb County's Citizens Public Safety Academy kicks off March 8, but participants must enroll by Feb. 4. Participants will learn about the emergency communications center and the fire and police organizations, Officer Joe Hernandez said.

There is no charge for the 13-week program, which is scheduled twice a year. Classes are held Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m........
I did this last year and it was fun. We got to shoot full auto M16, Glock 22, and use their shooting simulator. I really enjoyed it a lot.
 

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Do graduates get a police letterhead to buy LEO-only items? Do they get 16-11-130 exemption? Do they get a "get out of ticket free" card?
 

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zookeper said:
the nine week program, which is scheduled to begin March 8th, 2011.The Academy is open to the public pending a background check. Applications are due by March 1, 2011 to ensure applications have ample time for review.
background checks can be done pretty promptly when when they're not for arming subjects.

i would be interested if forsyth county offered such a program.
They do in fact offer something like this. The program actually just started. I believe the next one starts in March?
 

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Do graduates get a police letterhead to buy LEO-only items? Do they get 16-11-130 exemption? Do they get a "get out of ticket free" card?
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Do graduates get a police letterhead to buy LEO-only items? Do they get 16-11-130 exemption? Do they get a "get out of ticket free" card?
If that is all you want, hey, it's simple.

Just sign up with an academy such as this, pay for and pass their program, get on with a department, successfully complete their field training program, work your assigned shift and keep your nose clean, and complete at least 20 hours of POST training on an annual basis. Then yes, you too can buy LEO-only items and qualify for the 16-11-130 exemption.

Until then, no, no and of course not!
 

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Then again I ask...what's the point? Something fun? Maybe. But what practical benefit does one get? Seems like a big hassle to even get in with no real payoff at the end.

But maybe that's just me.
 

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I dunno. I think it would be interesting. I've always felt that, despite being a law abiding, productive member of society, LEO's in general view me as something they need to control, maybe even a potential threat. :roll: My dealings with them have been solely related to revenue generation (what can I say? I've got a lead foot, a sports car and enjoy driving as a sport. "Performance awards" seem to go along with the package...) I've always felt revenue generation and law enforcement are a conflict of interest (don't even get me started with "Park Atlanta"....). Every time I see one on the road pulling over soccer mom's for money, while the car break in's, armed robbery and home break in's go largely unsolved and un-prevented, it makes me angry (I live in downtown Atlanta).

In general, I have a negative view of law enforcement. It shouldn't be that way, I'm one of the "good guys". I think it would be interesting to see what it's really about. I don't know what it's like to be a cop. I don't know what they are up against, my guess is it's not an easy job. Personally I applaud the effort (you did read that it is offered free of charge, yes?) to reach out to the average citizen who is curious about it. Maybe after I took the class, I'll still feel the same way, but at least I'd know more about the other side of the story.
 

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zookeper said:
the nine week program, which is scheduled to begin March 8th, 2011.The Academy is open to the public pending a background check. Applications are due by March 1, 2011 to ensure applications have ample time for review.
background checks can be done pretty promptly when when they're not for arming subjects.

i would be interested if forsyth county offered such a program.
Song is right Zoo, they have it several times a year and it FILLS UP FAST. Once you register you may not get in on that same class but they save your application for the next round. I've not personally taken the course but ti seemed interesting enough.
 

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I dunno. I think it would be interesting. I've always felt that, despite being a law abiding, productive member of society, LEO's in general view me as something they need to control, maybe even a potential threat. :roll: My dealings with them have been solely related to revenue generation (what can I say? I've got a lead foot, a sports car and enjoy driving as a sport. "Performance awards" seem to go along with the package...) I've always felt revenue generation and law enforcement are a conflict of interest (don't even get me started with "Park Atlanta"....). Every time I see one on the road pulling over soccer mom's for money, while the car break in's, armed robbery and home break in's go largely unsolved and un-prevented, it makes me angry (I live in downtown Atlanta).

In general, I have a negative view of law enforcement. It shouldn't be that way, I'm one of the "good guys". I think it would be interesting to see what it's really about. I don't know what it's like to be a cop. I don't know what they are up against, my guess is it's not an easy job. Personally I applaud the effort (you did read that it is offered free of charge, yes?) to reach out to the average citizen who is curious about it. Maybe after I took the class, I'll still feel the same way, but at least I'd know more about the other side of the story.
Maybe, maybe not. But I'd highly recommend enrolling in a citizens academy if you have the time and availability to do so. I can only speak for what I've seen, I can say that a lot of time and preparation goes into these things on the part of the departments involved. I don't know anyone that has ever expressed regret over attending.

Over the years, I've met three young people that went on to become full time LEOs (two PD and one SO) years later because of what they learned and who they met in their local citizens academy. The academy changed their perspective on what it means to be a LEO, and the people they met there helped them get their lives in order and begin new careers. Every now and then I run into one of these guys at POST classes around the state, and they never fail to reiterate the impact the citizens academy had on their lives.
 
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