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The West Hartford Police Department is offering its 11th annual College Police Academy, "Behind the Badge," this winter. The academy will take place on Dec. 28 and Dec. 31, 2012, and from Jan. 2–11, 2013.
Hollywood and the media portray a law enforcement career as one of C.S.I., high speed chases and bad guys confessing within an hour or two of an arrest. The objective of the "Behind the Badge" program is to address the misconceptions and show students what police officers really do. The West Hartford Police Department's long history of integrity, respect, commitment, fairness and courage is conveyed throughout the program.
What Will You Learn – The trainee will recognize the fundamental duties, obligations and philosophies inherent with the acceptance of a position as a police officer. He/she will possess a working knowledge of the employing agency's organization, chain of command, and rules and regulations.
When We Meet – The College Police Academy consists of multiple classroom sessions, stations days (practical skills) and a "ride along" with a West Hartford police officer. The classroom sessions will be held at the West Hartford Police Department and possible trips to outside facilities. The stations days will be determined at a later date and the ride along requirement will need to be completed by the end of the academy. There is a physical fitness component to this offering as well that will help prepare each student to successfully pass a standardized fitness requirement. Classes are planned to meet 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Applications are due by Monday, Dec. 10, along with a $125 check or money order (made out to West Hartford Police Department).
Who May Attend the Academy – Any interested college students who have no prior felony convictions are encouraged to attend.
Earn College Credits – This program may meet requirements towards your Criminal Justice Program internship.
For complete information, as well as a brochure and application, visit the West Hartford Police Department website.
If you have any questions, please contact the Community Relations Division at 860.523.2013 or Officer Robert Riccobon 860.523.2055; Officer Courtney Grant 860.523.2053; or Officer Leigh Cogle 860.523.2052.