PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Township Police Department will once again offer township residents an opportunity to become familiar with its daily operations.

The department will conduct a 13-week interactive “Citizen Police Academy” for township residents beginning Feb. 8.

"Participants from previous recruit classes have applauded the components of the curriculum,” according to an announcement Tuesday on the department’s Facebook page.

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“Participants will gain a better understanding, and hopefully a positive insight into the difficult challenges of today’s law enforcement personnel and their decision making. Topics that will be covered will include: Overviews of the Department’s organization and structure, recruitment and training, the use of force, the roles and responsibilities of the various divisions and sections such as Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, Vice, Special Victims, Community Policing and basic law. In addition, participants will be given an opportunity to experience a “ride along” with a police officer on patrol and experience firearms training. This program is one of many initiatives that the department commits to, building partnerships within the community they protect and serve.

The Citizen Police Academy is open to Piscataway Township residents who are over 21 years of age and who successfully complete a thorough background investigation. “Citizen Recruits” will meet one night a week on each Thursday, for 2 hours and one selected Saturday. There is no cost to attend. Class size will be limited. This program is nationally recognized by the National Citizens Police Academy Association!

Interested residents may contact Detective Calvin Laughlin at (732) 562-2349 for an application or additional information. The deadline for applications to the program is January 12, 2018.”

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