03/17/2011

NH town holds first-ever citizens' police academy

Chief Thomas Dawson said the department launched the program in part to dispel public myths and misconceptions

By Larissa Mulkern
The Manchester Union Leader

MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. — Who knew accident investigations required uncommon knowledge of physics or that Rony the K-9 loves his job and understands commands — in Czechoslovakian?

The average person has much to learn about the inner workings of their local police department, and now they have that chance. The first-ever Moultonborough Police Department Citizen Police Academy program began last month and continues through April 13. Every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., police officers share their expertise — through live demonstrations, ride-alongs, on-site tours and PowerPoint presentations — with 11 local citizen cadets. So far, classes have covered defensive tactics, domestic violence, police recruitment and training, technical accident reconstruction and the police K-9 unit.

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