FAIR LAWN - The Fair Lawn Police Department is accepting applications to its 2018 Citizen Police Academy, according to Sergeant Brian Metzler.

Free of charge and open to Fair Lawn residents, the academy will be held on Thursday evenings, beginning on Feb. 8.  

The academy was formed to provide insight into the operations of the Fair Lawn Police.

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Classes include gang awareness, firearm awareness and safety, self-defense, fraud awareness and investigations, juvenile concerns, drug awareness, K-9 demonstration, RADAR familiarization, motor vehicle stops, search and seizure, domestic violence, crime prevention and response to active shooter situations.  

The academy class will also become familiarized with the different emergency services in Fair Lawn and will be visiting the Bergen County Jail and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, both overseen by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department.

The class size is limited to 30 students and background investigations will be conducted before an applicant is accepted into the academy.  

Applications can be picked up at Fair Lawn Police Headquarters, 8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue.

Questions can be directed to P.O. Gerard Graziano at ggraziano@fairlawnpd.com or at 201-794-5365.