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Citizens Police Academy Being Held By Rhinelander Police Department

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Applicants are being sought for the Rhinelander Police Department's twelfth Citizen's Police Academy, designed to give the public a glimpse into the daily work lives of law enforcement.

Detective Sergeant Kyle Parish says people from the community, whether they live here, work here or own property have the opportunity to go through a nine-week course where there are different classes to show what the police department does.

He says participants have a variety of activities....

"What they will do is go through defense and arrest tactics, firearms, criminal scene investigation night, an operating while intoxicated night where they actually get to put people through field sobriety(tests). We have a drug identification test, the K-9 officer will speak as well, so they get the different aspects. We'll even do their own high-risk traffic stops so they can see what it's like. There will be a shooting(training) where someone will come into their house and they would have to defend themselves so they can see what that feels like without having a lot of training. Give them an idea what we go through on a daily basis...."

There's also one night of training at the Rhinelander Fire Department.

There's no cost to join the Academy, but you need to be 18 years old to join. You also cannot have a criminal record. A background check will also be conducted.

The sessions begin March 5 and run for nine weeks, usually on Tuesday evenings. If you want more information contact the Rhinelander Police Department.(715-365-5300)

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