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Citizens police academy seeks applicants

Want to learn more about Tigard’s finest? The Tigard Police Department is hosting its annual Citizens Police Academy.

The deadline to apply is March 14.

The nine-week course will be held Wednesdays starting in April at Tigard City Hall.

According to Jim Wolf, a spokesman for the police department, participants receive a better understanding of the agency.

“When the community knows and understands the limitations and abilities of law enforcement, the police can then better serve the community,” Wolf said.

Participants will learn about a variety of law enforcement topics, including investigations, patrol functions, traffic issues, community policing, gangs, narcotics investigations and the use of force and firearms.

The classes are limited to 25 participants, Wolf said.

A criminal history background check is required to determine eligibility, Wolf said.

All sessions are conducted by members of the Tigard Police Department.

About 450 people have participated in the program since it debuted in 1995, Wolf said.

Applications are available on the city’s website, tigard-or.gov/police/docs/academy_application.pdf or in person at the the Tigard Police Department, 13125 S.W. Hall Blvd.

Completed applications can be returned in person, faxed to 503-718-2645 or mailed to the Tigard Police Department, Attn: Jim Wolf, 13125 S.W. Hall Blvd., Tigard 97223.

For more information, call 503-718-2561.

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