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Darien Police Academy Gives Citizens Peek At The Job

DARIEN, Conn. – If you've ever been curious about what it is that a Darien police officer does, you can join the "Citizen Police Academy," a new program designed to open the lines of communication between the community and the police department.

The six-week program will allow citizens and police officers the opportunity to meet each other face-to-face in a neutral, friendly setting and let the public see the people behind the badges. Residents will get a firsthand look at the rules, regulations and policies the police follow through classes that include both classroom instruction and hands-on training.

Topics that officers will cover include a history and tour of the police department, traffic enforcement and accident investigation, DWI and vehicle stop demonstrations, criminal justice and domestic violence, forensics and crime scene investigation and Emergency Response Team.

The classes will be held Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Darien Police Department beginning Oct. 4. You must be 21 years old to apply and a Darien resident or business owner. You must also be a U.S. citizen who has never been convicted of a felony or a class A or a class B misdemeanor.

The class is limited to 20 people. Applications can be downloaded from the Darien police website or picked up at the police department. For more information, contact Det. Mark Cappelli at mcappelli@darienct.gov or 203-662-5368.

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