The Bridgeport Police Department is accepting applications for its annual Citizens Police Academy, which is designed to give citizens an up-close understanding of the police department and its efforts to prevent and solve crime and protect citizens.
“The Citizens Academy provides residents and business owners with an inside look at law enforcement and the city’s police force. It lets community members better know their officers and helps officers better know their community,” said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett Jr. “The goal is to build relationships and have the graduates come back to their communities as ambassadors.”
The application deadline is March 15, and the academy will be held on Thursday evenings from April 4 to June 20.
The class size will be limited to 30 students. Students must be at least 21 years old and a U.S. citizen, and they must be a Bridgeport resident, taxpayer or business owner. Candidates must be of good moral character, in good physical condition and cannot have convictions of a felony or Class A or B misdemeanor.
For more information, please contact Sgt. Meekins at the department’s Community Services Division at 203-576-8278.