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Norwalkers Offered Inside Look at Police Work

NORWALK, Conn. – Would you like to see Norwalk through the eyes of a Norwalk Police officer? Maybe go on a ride-along with a supervisor for a couple of hours?

Chief Harry Rilling has something for you: the upcoming Citizens Police Academy. “It’s free of charge,” he said. “And we’re looking to get officers in here to explain what their individual functions are, to have the members of the public understand the operations of the police department, some of the programs we have, as well as the outreach programs we have. A lot of people don’t realize how many things we do.”

Classes will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 23 to April 2 in the police headquarters community room and conclude with a graduation ceremony. Participants will learn about firearm safety and computer crime investigation strategies and watch a police dog demonstration. They may also have an opportunity to ride along with a police officer toward the end of the class.

The academy is open to Norwalk residents and Norwalk property or business owners. Attendees must be at least 21 years old and of good moral character. A light background check will be included in the application process, and anyone convicted of a felony or class A or B misdemeanor will be disqualified.

The class is open to 25 participants, and the deadline for applications is Friday, Jan. 13. To express interest or ask for more information, call the Community Services Division at 203-854-3150.

It is the first time a citizens academy has been offered in the new police headquarters, Rilling said.

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