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Registration open for Cedar Rapids Police Department's Citizens Police Academy

10-week course begins Wednesday, Sept. 13

(File photo) Graduate and Mechanicsville Chief of Police Timothy Horihan (right) shakes hands with Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy Training Specialist Chris Smaby after receiving his badge on Nov. 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
(File photo) Graduate and Mechanicsville Chief of Police Timothy Horihan (right) shakes hands with Cedar Rapids Regional Police Academy Training Specialist Chris Smaby after receiving his badge on Nov. 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Registration is open for the Cedar Rapids Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The 10-week academy starts on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and meets for three hours every Wednesday. Topics include use of force, defensive tactics, narcotics enforcement and investigations.

Police department officials said the academy is not designed to train future police officers, but to enhance the public’s understanding of the department. Participants must be age 18 or older and will be subject to a background check before acceptance.

Cost is $30 and registration is required.

Those wishing to attend the academy should contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5439 or send email to c.hamblin@cedar-rapids.org. A brochure and application can also be downloaded at cedar-rapids.org/police under “Volunteer Opportunities.”

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