PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Township Police Department announced it is now accepting applications for residents to participate in its next Citizen Police Academy class.

Participants in the 12-week interactive Citizen Police Academy, which begins February 11, 2020 will have an opportunity to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of the police department.

Nationally recognized by the National Citizen Police Academy Association, the academy is one of the department’s many initiatives to build partnerships within the community, said officials.

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According to an announcement from the Piscataway Police:

Participants will gain a better understanding and 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 roles and responsibilities of the various divisions and sections such as Patrol, Traffic, Investigations, Vice, Special Victims, and Community Policing.  In addition, participants will be given an opportunity to experience a “ride along” with a police officer on patrol, understand the concepts behind use of force and experience firearms training. Those completing the training will also receive certification in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

The Citizen Police Academy is open to Piscataway Township residents whom are over 21 years of age and whom successfully complete a thorough background investigation.  “Citizen Recruits” will meet one night a week on each Tuesday for two hours and one selected Saturday.

There is no cost to attend. Class size will be limited.

The deadline to apply is January 3, 2020.

Participants from previous recruit classes have applauded the components of the curriculum. Resident Richard Schmidt, a graduate of the 2014 class remarked, “The class gave me a first-hand look into the inner workings of the police department… a great experience to learn how our police accomplish their tasks from the routine to the highly complex and what citizens can do to help make Piscataway an even better place to live.”

Interested residents can contact the Community Policing Section at (732) 562-2349 for an application or additional information.  Applications are also be available on the police department's website www.ptpd.net.  

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