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Lebanon police ready for next Citizens Police Academy

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

The Lebanon Police Department is encouraging citizens to apply for the next Citizen’s Police Academy taking place in March.

The city of Lebanon, partnered with the Lebanon Police Department, provide this volunteer program to residents and business owners in an effort to educate and inform the community.

The voluntary police academy is a six-week program that consists of lectures, presentations and hands-on activities to teach and inform participants of the many sides of law enforcement and also introduce the police department that serves them and the community. The program aims to give citizens a better sense of the department and everyday operations as well as highlight the public’s role in the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. 

According to Chief Scott Bowen, the purpose of the Citizen’s Police Academy is to “foster better communications between citizens and police through education.”

“A well-informed citizen is more likely to share their experiences with the community as the opportunity arises,” Bowen said. “Everyone benefits from enhancing citizens’ understanding of the role and function of their police department.”

The next Citizen’s Police Academy begins March 27 and the academy meets every Thursday from 6-9 p.m. in the courtroom of the Lebanon Police Department. The participation cost is free to public, but the deadline to register is March 14.

To qualify for the academy you must be at least 18 years old and a resident, business owner, employed or volunteer within the city of Lebanon. You must also have no felony convictions. 

Those interested can apply at the police department at 406 Tennessee Blvd., or online at lebanonpd.org. 

For more information, contact Officer P.J. Hardy, academy coordinator, at 615-453-4398 or by email at pjhardy@lebanontn.org

Additionally, the Lebanon Public Safety Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is now taking applications. Adults and teenagers 14 years old and older are welcome to apply.

The program will start in February and meet for 10 weeks on Thursday nights from 6-9 p.m. and be held at the CERT training center at 1017 Sparta Pike.

The CERT program helps to educate citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that could impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills like fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. By using what’s learned in the CERT classroom, members will be able to assist others in the community following an event when professional responders are not immediately available. Members are also encouraged to help emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in the community.

Attendance for the program is free and those interested can contact William Glover at gloverw@lebanontn.org or call 615-499-1561.

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