Citizens Police Academy

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Citizen’s Police Academy
Ordinary citizens are given an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at the Hagerstown Police Department through the annual Citizen's Police Academy. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 course, which runs from September 3rd - October 20th.

The 9-session course gives participants an overview of several divisions and operations of the police department, from Patrol to Criminal Investigations. Attendees have the option to participate in the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) at Kaplan University, where they respond to police scenarios in an interactive video game setting. Class members can also go on a ride-along with a police officer and be trained for emergency preparedness in the event of a natural disaster. All sessions are led by current police personnel who use real-life examples from their experiences to instruct the class.

Session Schedule:
Session 1 - Meet the Chief
September 3, 2015
Washington County Free Library - Downtown Hagerstown
100 S. Potomac St. 

This session is an overview of the police department and its mission to the citizens of Hagerstown.  Chief Holtzman will discuss strategies, technology, personnel deployment, and resources in this open question-and-answer session.

Sessions 2 and 3 - CERT Training
September 10 and 12, 2015 
September 10, 16232 Elliott Parkway, Williamsport MD (911 Center)
September 12, 54 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (Masonic Temple)

Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) includes classroom instruction and some hands-on experience to show you how to help yourself and your neighbors in a disaster or emergency when first responders may be delayed due to the nature of a crisis. Training is geared for people ages 18-80 and for individuals with physical disabilities.

Session 4 Fourth Amendment/ Search and Seizure
September 17, 2015
Washington County Free Library - Downtown Hagerstown
100 S. Potomac St.

Presenters will provide an overview of the fourth amendment and how it dictates when and how law enforcement can conduct searches and arrests.

Session 5 - Police Patrol and Traffic Stops
September 24, 2015
Hager’s Crossing Community Center
Sedgwick Way

Police patrol procedures are covered, and you’ll learn why police conduct traffics stops in a particular way.  This will help attendees develop a better understanding of why stops are made and for what officers are looking. Driving under the influence and field interviews (questioning people on the street) are also covered.

Session 6 - Police and the Use of Force
October 01, 2015
Robert W. Johnson Community Center
109 W. North Ave.

Instructors will explain the varying Use of Force levels. Learn how police are trained to apply discretion when using force, and understand why police react in a particular way to a possible or imminent threat at different force levels. See how checks and balances are executed by the Internal Affairs Unit, the operation that polices the police within the department.

Session 7 - Criminal Investigations
October 8, 2015
Cortland Apartments Community Room 
12806 Little Elliott Drive

Take a look at some crime scene investigations from the point of view of the investigating detectives. This session will contain actual crime scene photos that are graphic in nature. 

Session 8 - The Crime Lab and the “CSI Effect” 
October 15, 2015
Hagerstown Police Department
50 N. Burhans Blvd.

You can’t believe everything you see on TV. You’ll learn how television distorts the true forensic science in criminal investigations. Instead, we’ll show you how investigators process a crime scene, and you’ll gain an understanding of how evidence is woven together to solve cases.

Session 9 - Field Day at Kaplan University
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Kaplan University
18618 Crestwood Dr.

Attendees will use the interactive Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) to test their judgment to shoot in various police scenarios. Participants will also process mock crime scenes to understand basic forensic skills such as finger printing. Plus, learn more about how officers respond to domestic violence calls.

Session 10 - Specialized Units (K-9, Special Response Team, Negotiators) and Gangs
October 22, 2015
Woodcrest Village
1100 Brinker Dr.

See one of HPD’s K-9s in action and learn about the dog’s capabilities and training with its handler. We’ll tell you more about the specialized tactical team and negotiators who are called in to respond to crisis situations. This session also includes an overview of gangs.

Session 11 - Course Graduation with Mayor and Council
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
City Hall
1 E. Franklin St.

You’re finished! Participants who attended four or more of the nine sessions are invited to be recognized by the Mayor and City Council at their Regular Session. We’ll host a get-together after the meeting with snacks and refreshments.