Have you wondered what it’s like to be a law enforcement officer? From portrayals in the media to encounters in our day-to-day lives, each one of us has our perception of police and the role they play in society. Due to the nature of policing, there is often a disconnect between citizenry and law enforcement. However, by dismantling these walls and gaining a better understanding of one another, communities and the law enforcement that serves them have a better opportunity to work together to assure the safety and well-being of all residents. If you’re a resident of Trenton and would like to know more about what it takes to be an officer, the Citizens Police Academy is the perfect opportunity for some hands-on learning.

The Trenton Police Department recently announced the launch of this year’s Citizens Police Academy. This program invites Trenton residents ages 21 and older to get involved in their communities, connect with like-minded citizens, and enjoy a first-hand glimpse at the duties and responsibilities of Trenton’s law enforcement. All sessions will be held at the Trenton Police Department headquarters at 225 N. Clinton Ave., Trenton, NJ 08609. For ten weeks, participating students will have the opportunity to participate in 3-hour, once-a-week sessions. There is no cost to participate, although advanced registration is required.

The ideal candidate for the Citizens Police Academy will be at least 21 years of age, a Trenton, NJ resident, and upstanding moral character. If you are interested in participating in the course, please get in touch with communityaffairs@trentonpolice.net for more information on how to enroll. As a student, you will have the opportunity to dive into several exciting topics and procedures, including:

  • Patrol
  • Use of force
  • Special operations
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Department Technology
  • K9 demonstrations

And so much more! You may have seen many of the covered topics on your favorite TV shows or movies, and now is your chance to see the action in real life. Through these demonstrations and educational seminars, guests will walk away with a greater understanding of the realities of an officer’s day-to-day life on the job. By participating, citizens will have the opportunity to meet the men and women of the TPD, learn more about the realities of the lives of officers, and better understand how and why law enforcement responds in various situations.

Police are an essential part of the fabric of our community, and now is your chance to step into a day in the life of Trenton’s law enforcement.

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