Applications are now being accepted and classes will begin on Jan. 18 for the Gloucester Township Police Department’s 2024 Citizens Police Academy.
Completed applications are to be emailed to CommunityRelations@GTPolice.com. They can now be downloaded at https://gtpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/CPA-Application-2024.pdf.
The academy is open to any township resident 16 or older. It is a free 14-week course with classes on Thursdays from 6:30 to approximately 8:30 p.m. and will include an overview of the police department and its many facets, including special operations, criminal investigations and K-9s. All academy attendees are trained in CPR.
The objective of the academy is not to train police officers but to produce informed citizens who meet with officers in a neutral, friendly setting and learn about the men and women behind the badge. The course also helps promote community involvement in the fight against crime.
To access a Citizens Academy application or have questions answered, call the township police department’s community relations bureau at (856) 374-5712 or email CommunityRelations@gtpolice.com.