Long Branch — There’s still time to sign up for the second Long Branch Citizens Police Academy that begins on April 7.
There is no charge to participate, and the program is open to all Long Branch residents over the age of 18.
The program, run by police officers Cpl. Joseph Graziano and Kim Leavy, is designed to provide members of the community with a greater understanding of the Long Branch Police Department and its operations. The LB CPA will consist of eight weekly lectures given by guest speakers. Participants will receive in-the-field, hands-on experiences that may include ride-a-longs, firearms, K-9 demonstrations, tours of the Long Branch Police Department, and motor vehicle stops.
At the first academy, held last fall, guest speakers included elected officials, those who work emergency rooms, law enforcement agents and more.
Participants must provide information for a criminal background check, and make a commitment to participate in all eight classes.
Each Wednesday, the academy will meet from 6-8 p.m., covering a variety of topics. Topics covered include:
• LBPD table of organization
• MOCERT/ K-9 Demonstrations
• LBPD operational procedures
• Homicide Investigations
• Legal System Overview – Constitutional/Criminal law
• Use of Force
• Traffic Enforcement- Motor Vehicle Stops
• Dangerous drugs
• Personal Safety
• Meet/Greet City Council
• Domestic Violence/ Elder Abuse
• Graduation Ceremony.
The deadline to enroll is April 1.
Applications are available online at bit.ly/CPA_App_2016. You can also pick copies of the application up at the Long Branch Police Department.