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PPD to host Citizens Police Academy

The Porterdale Police Department (PPD) is accepting applications for its sixth Citizens Police Academy (CPA) to start Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church or Porterdale City Hall.

“The program gives the citizens an opportunity to meet and interact with the law enforcement officers that make up the PPD,” PPD Investigator Corporal Charles Cook said. “The academy gives our citizens a chance to gain first-hand knowledge into law enforcement and some of the obstacles we as law enforcement officer face on a day to date operation.”

Cook said this year’s academy should cover narcotics, K-9, job duties of the coroner’s office, the role of the 911 communication center, criminal investigations, evidence, firearms, courtroom, traffic enforcement and domestic violence.

The academy is a tuition free, eight-week program that will meet Thursday nights. There is, however, a $20 fee to cover the applicant’s ID badge and CPA shirt.

CPA is open to any Newton County resident or business owner, 21 years of age or older. In addition to residents and business owners, members of the clergy, city council and people interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement are also encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants must have a valid Georgia driver’s license and an acceptable driving history, no felony criminal history, no misdemeanor criminal history involving moral turpitude or drugs and all applicants will undergo a background check.

Upon graduation from the class, applicants will not be a certified peace officer, granted any police powers or special privileges.

Interested applicants should call PPD Chief Jason Cripps at 770-786-2226 ext. 3245 or Cook at 770-786-2226 ext. 3247 with any questions. Applications can be obtained at PPD, Porterdale City Hall or online at