The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is an opportunity for citizens to learn about the law enforcement profession. There are many myths, falsehoods and exaggerations surrounding both police officers and the performance of their jobs. The CPA works to dispel those misconceptions.
Instructors are generally officers who are specialists in their field of instruction. Each segment consists of a 3 hour block. Students can expect instruction in various aspects of the law enforcement profession. A few of the segments that have been offered include: patrol operations, crime scene investigation, traffic enforcement, the court system, the 9-1-1 system, use of force, and weapons handling. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions and practical exercises.
The upcoming CPA will begin on Wed, February 12, 2014. The CPA will run for a total of eight weeks. Classes will be held from 6p to 9p at the Berks County Intermediate Unit, located at 1111 Commons Blvd in Muhlenberg Twp. There is no charge to attend the CPA; however, class size is limited. Applications will be reviewed and approved in the order they are received.
Once again, the CPA is being offered in conjunction with the Bern Twp Police Dept and the Northern Berks Regional Police Dept. Residents of any of the municipalities served by our departments can apply to attend the CPA. Due to the nature of the topics covered, all attendees are required to pass a criminal background check. The application period for this year's CPA is currently closed.
Responses from prior students have been extremely positive. Through this program, the police department has benefited by becoming more cognizant of public feelings, fears, expectations and observations of the officers and the department as a whole. The police have benefited in equally positive ways from this additional interaction with the public.
Questions regarding the CPA can be directed to Sgt Joel Marino by calling (610) 929-5454. Sgt Marino can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.