If you've ever watched an episode of Cops, the local news, or basically have paid any attention to recent news whatsoever, you must realize that being a police officer is a very tough job.

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We've only seen a fraction of what can go into an officer's average workday, you really don't know what will occur at any second. In an effort to educate our community, The Waterbury Police Department recently sent out an invitation to Waterbury residents, and community members, to participate in their Fall 2020 Citizens Police Academy.

The Waterbury Citizens Police Academy is a 6 week program, with meetings on Tuesday evenings from 6-8PM, from October 6 - November 17, at Post University located at 800 Country Club Road in Waterbury. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and be a Waterbury resident, business owner, or an active member of the community.

If you're selected, you will receive a well-rounded overview of the Waterbury Police Department, it's divisions, and their specific functions. Some of the topics that will be discussed are General Procedures and Investigations, Firearm Safety, Forensics, a SWAT presentation, DUI Enforcement, and more.

You will take a tour of the Headquarters on East Main Street, while experiencing hand-on demonstrations. At the end of the six-week session, you may also have an opportunity to accompany an officer on a ride along.

Waterbury Police Department via Facebook
Waterbury Police Department via Facebook

If you are interested, you must have never been convicted of a felony, or Class A or B misdemeanor, and you must contact Officer Matt Lemos at 203-574-6962, or send him an e-mail at mlemos@wtbypd.org.

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