SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

August 26, 2013

Hamilton police to host citizens academy

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff writer

---- — HAMILTON — Interested in becoming a police officer? Or just want to learn more about how the Hamilton Police Department operates?

The department will host its third Citizens Police Academy on 10 consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 24. Anyone interested must sign up before Aug. 30.

Sgt. Stephen Walsh said most people only know about police operations from what they see on TV, and this is a way for residents to see up close how their local department works. It also includes sessions on the communications center and Fire Department.

“It is a way to explain to the public who we are and what we do,” Walsh said. “It is putting a name to a face.”

Topics will include criminal law, patrol procedures, evidence collection, domestic violence, motor vehicle enforcement, court procedures and use of force. Classes will be taught by police officers, supervisors, firefighters and dispatch personnel. Participants will get a three-hour police ride-along and a tour of the Middleton jail.

There is no charge for the academy. Participants must be 18 or older, and the course is limited to 20 participants.

Hamilton residents will be given preference.

Applications are available at the police station or the town clerk’s office, and they can be downloaded on the Hamilton town website, hamiltonma.gov.

Questions can be directed to Walsh or Sgt. Stephen Trepanier at 978-468-1212.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.