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APD taking applications for its Citizens' Police Academy

August 9, 2007

Albany--The Albany Police Department is looking for a few good men and women to enroll in its upcoming Citizens' Police Academy.

Have you ever wanted to learn what it would be like to work in law enforcement? Well, if so, now here's your chance.

The program is designed to strengthen relations between the community and the Albany police department.

For many people working in law enforcement, they focus constantly on:

"Safety. Just be on my p's and q's at night. I always have backup, just make sure I have backup with me everywhere I go, always call out my location," says Patrol Officer Derry Monroe.

Monroe works the overnight shift at the Albany Police Department. It's a shift that keeps him busy. "On the weekends, it's going to be a lot of domestic disputes. A lot of fights, you get a lot of those out at the clubs and stuff," says Monroe.

Each night, he never knows who he'll meet next. "There's a lot of different walks of life out there. I come across all kinds of different stuff. Ninety percent of the people I'm dealing with, they want me to help them," says Monroe.

In the upcoming weeks, the community will have an opportunity to learn more about what Monroe and other officers like him do to help keep Albany safe.

"All we won't people to do is come out and learn more about the Albany Police Department," says Lt. Kenn Singleton.

Singleton is helping to organize a free police academy session open free to the public.

"They're going to come out, have a good time, and enjoy themselves. One of the sessions is the ride along, so you'll get to ride along with a police officer,"  says Singleton.

Citizens will get a chance to learn many things including finger printing, shooting firearms, and making traffic stops.

"It's open to anyone 18 years of age. We have registration forms you can find that on our city website," says Singleton.

Monroe hopes people who enroll in the session walk away with more understanding and respect for what police do for a living. "I hope they do. Just let them know what we're doing, that we're out here to help, don't be afraid of us."

If you are interested in signing up for the session, the sooner the better. There are only 75 slots available. The first class will begin on August 30th at 6:30 PM and run for twelve weeks.

To enroll, applications can be picked up from the Law Enforcement Center. If you have further questions about the program, you call Lt. Kenn Singleton at 483-6264.

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