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PPD accepting applications for Citizen's Police Academy

PORTERDALE, Ga. - The Porterdale Police Department is now accepting applications for the Citizen's Police Academy Class 8. The Academy is scheduled to start Feb. 15. 

Classes are held Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, located at 474 Crowell Road. 

The CPA offers participants an inside look at law enforcement operations and an opportunity for hands-on experience in various areas of police work that are covered in the curriculum. The 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 persons interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply. 

Upon graduation, you will not be a certified peace officer or granted any police powers or special privileges. Details are provided in the first class. 

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. 

Applicants should either call PPD Chief Jason Cripps at 770-786-2226 ext. 3245 or Sgt. Robert Boisis at 770-786-2226 ext. 3247 with any questions. To register, applications may be obtained at PPD, Porterdale City Hall or online at