| September 16, 2014

police-car-thomasvilleTHOMASVILLE, GA — This fall, the Thomasville Police Department will be opening their doors in order to allow citizens to gain first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a police officer through their annual Citizens Police Academy. The CPA will run for six weeks and is designed to provide citizens with an immersive experience of what it takes to serve and protect the Thomasville community.

“Law enforcement is a challenging profession that requires a major dedication to serving and improving the community,” said Major Shane Harris. “The Citizens Police Academy gives us a way to put regular citizens in the driver’s seat and show them all of the great things we as a department do in order to improve the quality of life for the citizens we serve.”

“Course participants will also get to do a variety of exciting things, like skid-pad driving and the use of force simulator – which is like the most realistic video game ever invented. The best part: It’s absolutely free,” he added.

Additional activities that participants will experience include firearms training, SWAT team demonstrations, and K-9 demonstrations. Participants will also receive classroom instruction on the procedures, techniques and principles that officers rely on each day.

Classes will begin October 6th and run through November 10th; meeting each Monday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Applications for the Citizens Police Academy are currently being accepted.

“We are taking registration now, so if you’re interested in seeing what it’s like to walk in our shoes, sign up now; course space is limited to the first 25 registrants and seats are filling fast,” Harris said.

If you would like to register for the Citizens Police Academy, contact Major Shane Harris at 229-227-7076.

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