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January 23, 2013

City police set launch 6-week citizens' 'academy'

If you’ve ever wanted to get an inside look into police work and the workings of the Gloucester Police Department, that department now has a program aimed at doing precisely that.

The Police Department, under new chief Leonard Campanello, is launching a six-week Citizens Police Academy open to Gloucester residents age 18 and older. The program is set to begin on Wednesday, Feb. 27, and carry through April 10.

“This class experience is designed to bring citizens into the station and give them a clear picture of what it’s like to be a Gloucester police officer,” Campanello said in a prepared statement. “Citizens will learn a great deal about all aspects of police work and leave with a true representation of life as a police officer.”

The program will include classes taught by Gloucester officers on subjects such as domestic violence, motor vehicle law, patrol procedures, accidents, firearms awareness, juvenile issues, drug problems and other topics.

The academy will also include a police ride-along, a tour of the Middleton House of Correction, and a K-9 unit demonstration.

Anyone interested in participating in the program must fill out an application, with application forms available at the city’s police station on Main Street and at area businesses. Participants may then drop off the completed application at the station’s front desk, or mail it to Lt. John McCarthy, Gloucester Police Department, 197 Main St., Gloucester MA 01930.

Applicants will be notified by Feb. 20 if they’ve been admitted to the program. Anyone seeking further information on the program may contact Lt. McCarthy at 978-281-9000.

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