Plymouth State College will host the New Hampshire State Police’s 10-week “Citizen’s Police Academy” beginning Thursday, September 19, 2001.
The program is designed to provide members of the community with more information about the training and inner workings of the police, to create greater understanding and awareness, and to help dispel misconceptions about the police. In turn, the interaction and input from the students will help make the New Hampshire State Police aware of the feelings and concerns of the community. The course covers such topics as history, training, criminal investigation, recruitment, use of force and accident investigation, among others.
Col. Gary M. Sloper, of the New Hampshire State Police, emphasizes that this program is “for information purposes only … This won’t allow anyone to act as a law enforcement officer or become a volunteer officer. Its purpose is to let you see how we go about law enforcement and for us to get your input. If someone wants to explore volunteer opportunities at one of our troop barracks, however, or decides because of the program to become a law enforcement officer, we’ll be happy to explore those options with them after the classes.”
The three-hour classes are scheduled for Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Applicants must be 21 years old and have a clean criminal record. Enrollment is limited to the first 30 students. There is no charge.
For more information about the “Citizen’s Police Academy,” contact Plymouth State College Chief of Campus Police John E. Clark at (603) 535-2331.