Citizens Police Academy returns

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017

For anyone wanting a closer look into law enforcement and police operations, the Winchester Police Department is offering its Citizens Police Academy again this year.

The academy begins Sept. 13 and continues for 12 weeks on Wednesdays. The sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m., WPD Capt. James Hall said. Topics will cover all aspects of police work including criminal and narcotics investigations, firearms training and patrol.

Some of the final details are still being discussed, but Hall said participants will have the opportunity to do a ride-along with an on-duty officer as well as “ride-along” in the department’s dispatch center.

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Hall said participants will also have more time in the department’s firearms training simulator. The simulator allows people to experience real-life situations, including shoot or no-shoot scenarios, officers can encounter.

Last year, Hall said about 16 people participated in the Academy. Twelve have already signed up this year, he said.

“We’d like to see more come in,” he said. “There’s still plenty of time for people to get applications.”

Registration forms are available at the Winchester Police Department or by emailing Hall at

The Academy is free. Registration deadline is Sept. 6.

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