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South Warwickshire Citizens' Academy now taking bookings

WARWICKSHIRE Police is offering people in south Warwickshire an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day workings of their local police force as part of the Citizens' Academy.

This programme provides local people over the age of 16 with a unique insight into Warwickshire Police's work to protect people from harm and improve residents' quality of life.

Members of the public can support the work of the police and their partner agencies by enrolling in the ten-week Citizens' Academy programme, to be held within Stratford District at the Stratford Samaritans Community Hub Tyler House, Tyler Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6TY and delivered weekly from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, beginning on Wednesday 18th April and finishing with an awards ceremony on the 27th June.

Students completing the programme will graduate from the Citizens' Academy and their participation will be recognised with a formal ceremony.

It is hoped that students will pass on their experiences and increased knowledge to the rest of the community or become special constables or volunteers with the police or other agencies.

The course will cover a range of policing functions/roles including crime prevention and detection, recording crimes and incidents, road safety, forensic investigation, police use of firearms, internet safety, and the role of Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as other key departments. There may be opportunities for students to experience ride-alongs with police officers and to visit a police station.

Participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to them to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.

If you live in South Warwickshire, are at least 16 years of age and would like to apply to be part of this exciting new venture, please complete the application form on our website here (https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/article/16538/South-Warwickshire-Citizens-Academy) and either email it to WarksSouth.CitizensAcademy@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk or send it to the local Safer Neighbourhood Team officer.

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