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West Hartford Police to Host Citizens Academy

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The free eight-week course will begin on Sept. 29, 2021, at the West Hartford Police Department.


Beginning on Sept. 29, 2021, the West Hartford Police Department will be hosting the Citizens Police Academy program. The program will run for 8 weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6-9pm. This unique program offers an inside look at our police department and police operations.

Adult members of the community are invited to apply for acceptance in the program. Anyone over the age of 21 can apply and candidates will submit to a background check. Class size will be held to approximately 25 participants. Proof of COVID vaccination will be required and we will follow all COVID guidelines.

The eight-week semester will offer a myriad of educational classes presented by the sworn and civilian members of our department. Topics will be presented in one to three-hour segments. Each instructor will design a presentation to be offered during the semester.

The purpose of each class topic is to make residents more familiar with the procedures, practices, problems, concerns, and challenges that face law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties. Our goal is to allow our citizens, through education, to become more informed of what our department has to offer.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Communications/911
  • Recruitment & Training
  • FTO Program
  • ESU/Emergency Response
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Polygraph
  • Use of Force/Defensive Tactics
  • K-9 Unit
  • Home Security/Fraud
  • Firearms Automated Training System
  • DUI
  • Sexual Offenders
  • 4-hour patrol ride-along

Below is an application that can be emailed or returned in person to the Police Department.

For any additional questions, please contact Lt. Aaron Vafiades at the Community Relations Division at 860-570-8820.

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