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Citizen's Police Academy Opens to Parsippany Residents in March

10-week course will show students intricacies of daily life for police officers.

Did you ever want to be a police officer when you grew up, but never pursued the dream? Now’s your chance to know what Parsippany-Troy Hills’ finest do on a day-to-day basis.

In conjunction with Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany Police Chief Paul Phillips is organizing the Citizen’s Police Academy, which will begin in March and last for 10 weeks.

Starting on March 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. and running each Thursday for the following 10 weeks, citizens will take part in classes that provide in-depth views into various areas of law enforcement, such as criminal investigations, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, firearms, use of force and advancements in technology utilized in law enforcement.

“It is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the Township of Parsippany,” the program flyer says. 

There is no cost to join the program, but class size is limited to just 20 participants.

Applications are due no later than Feb. 26 and can be found at parpolice.com. Return the form to Officer Earl Kinsey at ekinsey@parpolice.com, or call 973-263-7176 for more information.

“Community Oriented Policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime,” the flyer said. “Graduates of the academy are able to take what they have learned back into their neighborhoods where they can utilize it to enhance the quality of neighborhood life.”

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