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Applications available for HPD Citizens Academy
Ken Benitez
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Applications available for HPD Citizens Academy

Hammond Police Department, Chief Edwin Bergeron Jr, and Mayor Panepinto would like to introduce, a first of its kind to this area, Citizens Academy.

The Hammond Police Department's Citizens Academy will be led by Reserve Captain Jim Richardson and Reserve Sgt. Steve Amos.

“Captain Richardson and Sgt. Amos are retired members of Hammond Police Department who have come back to Hammond Police Department as volunteers to help The Hammond Police Department reach some of the goals and initiatives I have set out to accomplish.” said Chief Bergeron. Capt Richardson and Sgt Amos bring a combined total of over 80 years of Law Enforcement experience and knowledge.
The Citizens Police Academy is a civilian training program, established to provide members of the community with a background and understanding of Hammond Police Department policies, procedures, and daily functions. Familiarity with these principles is the key to understanding the actions and reactions of police officers in our community. The Citizens Police Academy seeks to improve police/community relations through educating the public about police work. “Often times an officer’s actions or lack of action is misunderstood by the general public. We hope that this training will bring clarity to the question 'why,'"Chief Bergeron said.

The six-week program condenses the Hammond Police Department training program, allowing Hammond citizens the opportunity to gain a finer understanding of the skills and abilities that a police officer brings to the community partnership.

Each session will address key Hammond Police Department initiatives in lectures, videos, roleplaying events, tactical exercises, and workshops led by Certified Police Instructors. “We will have guest instructors from some of the Hammond Police Department Specialized Units also. They will bring their unique perspective of their job to the classroom also,” said Captain Jim Richardson.

Curricular coursework touches on Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, SWAT Training, and much more.

Registration is limited, and we anticipate filling the classes quickly.

The class particulars are as follows:
Duration : Six Weeks (One Night per week)
Times: 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. (Depending on class duration)
Attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the academy, as well as CPR Certification.

January 21, 2021 –
Introductions and questions & answers.
Hammond Police Department Standards and qualifications,
Legal Issues in Law Enforcement, Constitutional law, Juvenile Division Operations, &
Corrections Operations.

January 28, 2021 – Patrol Operations, Traffic Division, Criminal Investigations, & Crime Scene processing.

February 4, 2021 – Narcotics, Street Crimes, K-9 Division, & S.W.A.T.

February 11, 2021 – CPR/First Aid

February 18, 2021 – Training house Scenarios and role play.

February 25, 2021 –Self Defense and Defensive Tactics, Graduation

For more information, or to apply for the Hammond Police Department’s Citizen Academy, please call The Hammond Police Department Training Center at (985) 277-5751.
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