Civilian police academy coming up

Apply for class by March 4
By DeeAnna Haney | Jan 29, 2014
Previous class members of the Waynesville Police Department civilian police academy test out their shooting skills at the firing range.

Civilians can get an insider's look at what it's like to work at the Waynesville Police Department during the upcoming annual Civilian Police Academy.

The eight-week long class series covers several topics including record keeping, canine patrol, search and seizure laws, juvenile and domestic laws, traffic stop procedures, the process of taking evidence and even how to shoot a gun.

One class session takes an up-close look at crime scene investigation how it's really done, taught by full-time detectives at the department.

For those who wish to learn more about gun safety or even how to shoot a gun, another portion of the class is taught by Lt. Brian Beck and at the end, participants take a field trip to test their skills at the firing range.

At the end of the class series, graduates could get a chance to volunteer at the police department.

Attendees of the academy can expect interactive and informative classes taught by the head of each department — no book work, no tests. The next academy will meet from 6:30 to about 9 p.m. every Thursday at the Waynesville Police Department from March 13 to May 1.

Those interested in attending the class must fill out an application, which is available during normal business hours at the Waynesville Police Department. Applications must be turned in no later than March 4.

The class is free of charge and open to anyone 21 years old or older. Applicants are required to have a background check.

For more information contact the records clerk at 828-456-5363.


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