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Citizen’s Police Academy

Ordinary citizens are given an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the Hagerstown Police Department through the annual Citizen's Police Academy. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 course, which runs from March 17th - May 10th.

The 11-session course gives participants an overview of several divisions and operations of the police department, from Patrol to Criminal Investigations. Attendees have the option to participate in the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) at Kaplan University, where they respond to police scenarios in an interactive video game setting. Class members can also go on a ride-along with a police officer and be trained for emergency preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. All sessions are led by current police personnel who use real-life examples from their experiences to instruct the class.

Session Schedule:
Session 1 - Meet the Chief
March 17, 2016
City Hall, 1st Floor Conference Room
1 E. Franklin St. 

This session is an overview of the police department and its mission to the citizens of Hagerstown. Acting Chief Kifer will discuss strategies, technology, personnel deployment, and resources in this open question-and-answer session.

Sessions 2 and 3 - CERT Training
March 24 & 26, 2016
16232 Elliott Parkway, Williamsport MD (911 Center)

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) includes classroom instruction and some hands-on experience to show you how to help yourself and your neighbors in a disaster or emergency when first responders may be delayed due to the nature of a crisis. Training is geared for people ages 18-80 and for individuals with physical disabilities.

Session 4 Fourth Amendment/ Search and Seizure
March 31, 2016
Washington County Free Library - Downtown Hagerstown
100 S. Potomac St.

Presenters will provide an overview of the fourth amendment and how it dictates when and how law enforcement can conduct searches and arrests.

Session 5 - Police Patrol and Traffic Stops
April 7, 2016
Robert W. Johnson Community Center
109 W North Ave.

Police patrol procedures are covered, and you’ll learn why police conduct traffics stops in a particular way.  This will help attendees develop a better understanding of why stops are made and for what officers are looking. Driving under the influence and field interviews (questioning people on the street) are also covered.

Session 6 - Police and the Use of Force
April 14, 2016
Cortland Apartments Community Center
12806 Little Elliott Drive

Instructors will explain the varying Use of Force levels. Learn how police are trained to apply discretion when using force, and understand why police react in a particular way to a possible or imminent threat at different force levels. See how checks and balances are executed by the Internal Affairs Unit, the operation that polices the police within the department.

Session 7 - Criminal Investigations
April 21, 2016
Hager's Crossing Community Center
12608 Sedgwick Way

Take a look at some crime scene investigations from the point of view of the investigating detectives. This session will contain actual crime scene photos that are graphic in nature. 

Session 8 - The Crime Lab and the “CSI Effect” 
April 28, 2016
Hagerstown Police Department
50 N. Burhans Blvd.

You can’t believe everything you see on TV. You’ll learn how television distorts the true forensic science in criminal investigations. Instead, we’ll show you how investigators process a crime scene, and you’ll gain an understanding of how evidence is woven together to solve cases.

Session 9 - Field Day at Kaplan University
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Kaplan University
18618 Crestwood Dr.

Attendees will use the interactive Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) to test their judgment to shoot in various police scenarios. Participants will also process mock crime scenes to understand basic forensic skills such as finger printing. Plus, learn more about how officers respond to domestic violence calls.

Session 10 - Specialized Units (K-9, Special Response Team, Negotiators) and Gangs
May 5, 2016
B'Nai Abraham Synagogue
53 E. Baltimore St.

See one of HPD’s K-9s in action and learn about the dog’s capabilities and training with its handler. We’ll tell you more about the specialized tactical team and negotiators who are called in to respond to crisis situations. This session also includes an overview of gangs.

Session 11 - Course Graduation with Mayor and Council
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
City Hall
1 E. Franklin St.

You’re finished! Participants who attended four or more of the nine sessions are invited to be recognized by the Mayor and City Council at their Regular Session. We’ll host a get-together after the meeting with snacks and refreshments.