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Citizens Get A Taste Of Life As An Officer

The Woodstock Police are now accepting applications for the Citizen's Police Academy.

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock Police are now accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy.

People enrolled in the 9 week program will learn more about the different aspects of policing including forensic identification, the canine unit, and their auxiliary program.

Constable Nikki VanLeeuwen hopes the program will help bridge the divide between officers and the people they protect.

"We hope that people will build relationships with police officers, with people in the building, and then go out into the community as ambassadors and share all the wonderful things that our department does."

Although Woodstock Police do not use the academy as a way to hire new employees, VanLeeuwen says some people are inspired.

"We've actually had some people who have been interested in victim's services and volunteer with them. We have had some people join our auxiliary team so volunteer with our auxiliary members and we've actually had some people move on and become police officers as well."

The academy is free but you must be at least 18 years old to apply. Applications, cover letters, and resumes must be submitted to Woodstock Police before 4 p.m. on Friday March 17th.

Applications can be found here.

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