BPD: Residents can apply for program to learn more about the police

Published on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:16
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - Citizens will have an opportunity to see how the Berlin Police Department does its job when it hosts a Citizen’s Police Academy in September.

“The Citizen’s Police Academy affords members of the department an opportunity to positively interact with our community and teach them about what the job entails,” Deputy Chief Chris Ciuci said in a release announcing the academy.

“We hope to strengthen our relationship with the participants by exchanging ideas and discussing how we strive to meet our goals. In doing so we also hope to reduce any suspicions, fears, or misconceptions they might have about police officers and the Berlin Police Department.”

Topics to be discussed, via presentations given by police department staff, include Criminal Investigations (major crime, fraud, drug investigations), police operations (patrol & the communications center), specialized units (K9, dive team, ATV, bicycle), traffic enforcement, crash investigation and more.

An exact schedule of topics is still to be determined, but the academy will meet Tuesday night’s from 6:30 to 9 p.m. between September 11 and November 13, with no class on October 16.

Applications to enroll can be picked up at the Berlin Police Station, 240 Kensington Rd., or downloaded from berlinpd.org.

There is no cost to attend. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Space is limited.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

n Reside or work full-time within the Town of Berlin.

n At least 21-years-old

n No outstanding warrants or pending criminal cases

n No felony convictions and no misdemeanor arrests within the past three years.

Completed applications can be submitted by:

n U.S. mail to Berlin Police Department, Attention: Lieutenant Drew Gallupe, 240 Kensington Road, Berlin, CT 06037

n Email to dgallupe@berlinpd.org

n Dropped off for Lt. Gallupe at police headquarters.

For more information contact Lt. Gallupe at 860-828-7085 or dgallupe@berlinpd.org.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:16. Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:19.