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Meridian Police Announce Youth Citizens’ Academy

Program Offers Classroom and Hands-on Instruction

Post Date:02/07/2019

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Meridian Police Announce Youth Citizens’ Academy

Program Offers Classroom and Hands-on Instruction

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, MI — The Meridian Township Police Department is currently seeking applicants for the 13th annual Youth Citizens’ Academy program.  The Academy will meet on Wednesday nights, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., from February 13 to March 27, 2019.  The Academy is offered to students from area high schools and is modeled after the very popular Citizens’ Academy that Meridian Township Police Department hosts in the fall.

During the seven-week course, students will receive instruction in the areas of Use of Force, Crime Scene Investigation, Traffic Enforcement, K-9 Operations, and Alcohol Enforcement.  In addition to classroom instruction, students will be given the opportunity to interact with and use many of the tools law enforcement personnel utilize every day.  Students will observe K-9 detection and apprehension activities, use “Fatal Vision” goggles to observe the effects of alcohol on coordination, utilize various non-lethal weapons and training aids (PepperBall, Taser, Simunitions), dust surfaces for latent fingerprints, and engage in scenario-based decision making on the Firearms Training Simulator. The Academy was first presented in February 2006 and has been a great success.

This program helps foster positive relationships between officers and students and provides an increased knowledge of police work.  Applications are available online and by contacting Sergeant Scott Dawson via email at policeacademy@meridian.mi.us.

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