RAHWAY—The Rahway Police Department Community Assistance Team is now accepting applications of the fifth season of the Civilian Police Academy. The academy provides a rare glimpse into the world of law enforcement in an effort to improve relations between police and the public.
The academy does not train citizens in police work; rather, it helps give a better understanding of what the job of a police officer entails.
Participants receive insight into patrol, investigative and traffic procedures; the criminal justice system and constitutional law as it is applicable to police work, hands-on demonstrations in areas such as the Union County Bomb Squad, United States Customs, the use of K-9s for narcotics detection, tracking for suspects and missing persons, and simulated high-risk motor vehicle stops.
Classes begin March 12 and run through April 30. The classes are Wednesday evenings from 7–10 p.m.
A graduation ceremony for those participants who complete the course will be held on April 30 at the John H. Stamler Police Academy. The Civilian Police Academy is open to all residents of the City of Rahway or those who work within the city, have no criminal record and are at least 21 years of age. Applicants may be subject to a background check to verify application information, residency and employment. Classes are limited to 30 individuals.
For more information or to obtain an application, contact the Rahway Police Department Community Assistance Team at (732) 827-2179.