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Conyers PD announces Citizens Academy

CONYERS — Residents will again have the opportunity to experience some of what it takes to be a Conyers police officer through the department's Citizens Academy next month.

Registration is currently open for the training sessions that are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13. The CPD Citizens Police Academy will hold sessions each Tuesday for 10 weeks.

Each session will last approximately two and a half hours and most sessions will take place in City Council chambers or the Conyers Police Department training room at 1194 Scott St., with the exception of one session on a Saturday to be held at a nearby firing range.

The course will be offered at no charge to participants, said Police Chief Gene Wilson in a written statement. The fall session follows courses held in the spring that were added due to the huge demand last year.

"The Citizens Police Academy was revived last year and proved to be a huge success with all class participants," Wilson said. "Due to popular demand, we're happy to once again provide this behind-the-scenes look at policing in Conyers this fall."

Academy participants will learn about the various divisions of the CPD, learn self-defense techniques, solve a mock crime scene, obtain identity fraud and cyber crime tips, participate in various scenarios with a demonstration firearm and run laser devices on heavily trafficked roadways.

Applications are available online at www.conyerspolice.com or by contacting Sgt. Peggy Dunn, Officer Thomas Owen or Officer Debbi Krisher at 770-483-6600. The application deadline is Aug. 30. For more information, call 770-929-4201.