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Posted: February 18, 2014 9:00 p.m.

Covington to hold citizens academy

The City Of Covington will soon start its next Public Safety Citizen’s Academy.

The program will begin Thursday, March 6, and will last 12 weeks, with classes meeting each Thursday night from 6-9 p.m. Space is limited to 20 citizens, and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

As part of the 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 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.

According to press information, the program is designed 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 practices and the delivery of services. We also hope that some participants will express an interest in becoming a volunteer for the police, fire, or 911 Center."

To apply, contact Lt. Al Miller at 770-786-7605 or by email at amos.miller@covingtonpolice.com. An application can downloaded from the police department’s website at covingtonpolice.com.

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