Rumford police launch Citizen Police Academy

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RUMFORD – To foster a better relationship between the community and police, the department will launch its first ever Citizen Police Academy next month.

According to a Dec. 30 news report from Chief Stacy Carter, the program’s concept is to educate residents about the daily activities of their police officers.

“It is envisioned that graduates will gain an understanding of the operation of the Rumford Police Department, and develop an awareness and understanding of the various challenges and decisions faced by Rumford police officers,” the document states.

Even though participants will be trained in police-related subjects, the graduates are not prepared for, nor expected to conduct any police services.

“At no time will they be authorized to act in a law enforcement capacity,” the document states.

The academy will begin Feb. 14 and be held from 6 to 9 p.m. once a week on Wednesday’s for 10 weeks.

The program consists of approximately 30 hours of classroom and hands-on activities, such as using police equipment, touring the police facility and role-playing scenarios.

Due to the sensitive nature of police work, a background investigation will be completed on each applicant. Admission to the academy is open to people, who:

• Are aged 18 years and older, live or work in Rumford.

• Complete and submit an application.

• Complete a Rumford Police Department disclaimer form.

• Pass a background investigation.

The program is offered as a public service and is free. Class size will be limited to 20 people. Applications that are not selected will be held for future consideration.

Applications, which must be received no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, can be picked up at the Rumford town office, the police department or by visiting www.rumfordpd.com/cpa.htm.

For more information, call officer Tracey Higley at 364-4551 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., or after 7 p.m., at 364-3449 ext. 304, or thigley@rumfordpd.com.

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