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Students of the 2012 Delaware Police Department Citizen Police Academy participate in a mock traffic stop. (Submitted | Delaware Police)
Students of the 2012 Delaware Police Department Citizen Police Academy participate in a mock traffic stop. (Submitted | Delaware Police)
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A crime occurs somewhere in Delaware. Police investigators are on the scene.

What really happens behind police tape?

The Delaware Police Department will again hold its Citizen Police Academy to answer those questions for people who live or work in the city of Delaware.

The 11-week Thursday night course is a way for the average person to get to know the face of the police officers, what they do and why they do it, said Community Outreach Officer Rita Mendel.

“A lot of people think they know what their police do,” said Capt. Adam Moore, a spokesperson for the Delaware Police and one of several police personnel who teaches in the course.

Each week, topics such as traffic stops and officer safety are discussed. Moore, who teaches a course called Patrol Procedures, said he tries to use a bit of fun to inform students about police work.

“We talk about all the myths people have about police work,” he said.

Students also learn about firearms training and meet the tactical team, which does a live demonstration, and participate in mock traffic stops and CSI investigations.

“And solve the crime in 45 minutes, minus commercial breaks,” Moore added.

While instruction for the Citizen Police Academy is based on training an officer would receive and is taught by officers and certified police instructors, it is not designed to train students as police officers, Mendel said.

“It just gives us a face,” she said. “It’s just more fun than a police officer should be allowed to have.”

She said the Citizen Police Academy also creates a community bond between students and the police department: 25 percent of Citizen Police Academy graduates become volunteers with the police department.

Applicants to the Citizen Police Academy must be 18 years or older, and are subject to a background check. Classes are held 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 6 at the Delaware Police Department. Applications for the Citizen Police Academy are available at www.delawareohio.net/departments/Police/Citizen_Police.aspx. For more information, call 740-203-1132 or email Officer Rita Mendel at rmendel@delawareohio.net.

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