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Posted: February 23, 2013 5:31 p.m.

City holds Public Safety Citizen’s Academy

The City of Covington will be holding its first Public Safety Citizen’s Academy. The program will begin on Thursday April 11, and will last 12 weeks with classes meeting each Thursday night from 6-9 p.m. As part of the new SCAN initiative (Safer Covington Action Network), the Citizens Public Safety Academy will provide an opportunity for citizens to become familiar with the various resources, services and functions of the City of Covington municipal government.

Unlike most "citizen academies" the City of Covington’s program will focus on all public safety organizations within the city, rather than just the police department. During these training sessions, representatives of our various departments within the City of Covington will conduct presentations and demonstrations on a variety of topics to include municipal government, police (uniform patrol, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, drug investigations, K-9, SWAT, firearms, use of force), Fire (fire response, fire prevention, first aid, CPR), and 911 communications. Participants will also engage in practical exercises with the different departments during this academy.

Through this program, the hope is to establish additional support and a heightened degree of community awareness in our government while developing and growing a nucleus of responsible, well informed citizens, who have the potential to influence public opinion concerning City of Covington’s practices and the delivery of services.

The hope also is that some participants will express an interest in becoming a volunteer for the police, fire, or 911 center. Space is limited to 20 citizens and applications will be processed on a first come first serve basis. For application information please contact Lt. Al Miller at 770-786-7605 or email him at amos.miller@covingtonpolice.com; Investigator Asher Dozier asher.dozier@covingtonpolice.com; or Capt. Ken Malcom at ken.malcom@covingtonpolice.com.

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