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Eastern to Host Police Explorers Academy 2009

Written by Emily Bonoyer

            Willimantic, CT - Beginning July 26 and running through Aug. 1, more than 300 trainees from police departments across the state will participate in this year's Police Explorers Academy at Eastern Connecticut State University.  The program offers participants valuable insight on what it takes to become a police officer.

Participants will encounter a broad range of police training methods, such as learning to drive police cars and taking biking classes. A dispatch facility will communicate with the students in the field to simulate genuine crime-fighting situations. The physically demanding camp will also include classes on criminal theory and legal aspects of law enforcement.

"The academy is important training for those who are interested in a career in law enforcement," said Lt. Derrick McBride of Eastern's Campus Police Department.  "The training they receive will no doubt put them ahead of an average candidate. Afterward, they will be prepared to pursue competitive jobs in the law enforcement profession."

During their training, participants of the academy will live on campus in Mead and Niejadlik Halls.  For more information on the Police Explorers Academy or for eligibility questions, contact Dirk Smith at (860) 289-6669 ext. 269.

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