By Michael Williams
Sevierville residents that have ever had an interest in police work will get an opportunity to learn more about law enforcement through the Citizen’s Police Academy. The CPA provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about basic police work and to get to know the officers protecting and serving their community.
The program’s curriculum consists of 33 hours of classroom and field instruction. Topics will include patrol methods, investigations, vehicle stops, defense techniques, DUI interdiction, taser, community policing programs, and introduction to police firearms.
Classes meet each Thursday at 6 p.m. beginning September 18 and will continue through November 21. The program is offered free and open to qualified applicants on a first come, first serve basis. Enrollment is limited to the first 25 applicants. Confirmation of registration will be made following a thorough background check.
Application and registration forms are available at the Sevierville Police Department and must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 5.
The classes will include instruction on stop and approach, traffic violations (and how to safely stop a vehicle for a violation), benefits of radar, computer crime and how to protect your children, safety tips, D.U.I. enforcement, bomb squad, swat team, K-9 demonstrations, ID theft, collecting evidence at crime scenes, meth investigation procedures, taser demonstrations and much more. For more information contact Officer Rebecca Cowan at (865) 868-1866.