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Wenham to Start Its Own Citizens Police Academy

Enrollment is now open for a Wenham Police Citizen Academy, which will sart in February.

Wenham Police.
Wenham Police.

The Wenham Police Department is planning its first Citizens Police Academy next month, a program that has been successful for the Hamilton police.

The academy was announced this week, with the class open to 20 people and preference given to Wenham residents.

It will run from 6:30-9 p.m. for 10 consecutive Wednesdays starting on Feb. 19.

The Citizens Police Academy is designed to familiarize citizens with the operation and functions of the Wenham Police Department and the Regional Communications Center. Classes will cover various topics such as criminal law, patrol procedures, evidence collection, domestic violence, motor vehicle enforcement, court procedures and use of force.

Each participant will also take part in a 3 hour police ride along, which will allow each student to see police officers while on patrol, and tour of the Middleton Jail and the Essex County Regional Communications Center.

The courses will be taught by Wenham police officers, police supervisors and Wenham firefighters.

There is no charge to attend, but participants must be 18 years or older. Applications can be picked up at the Wenham Police Department.

An application packet is also available from Sgt. Jonathan Gray or Officer Shane Kavanagh by calling 978-468-4000.

The deadline to submit the application is Feb. 9.

Chris Highland January 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM
Can a resident sign up even if they were arrested and spent 70 days in jail but got released when the victim dismissed the charges? Just asking.
Carol A Mazzetta January 12, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Why not? If you weren't guilty than your eligible! My husband & I joined the Hamilton classes and enjoyed the whole 10 weeks, you won't be disappointed and you'll find out what the Police have to put up with on a day to day basis.

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