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Redmond police citizen's academy accepting applications

The Redmond Police Department (RPD) is inviting citizens to sign up for its 2013 Citizen Police Academy.

The free program is designed to provide citizens firsthand information about the department and the justice system. The intent is not to train citizens to be police officers, but to increase the understanding of services and tasks officers face on a daily basis. Topics include patrol procedures, traffic enforcement, hostage negotiations, SWAT, K9, traffic collision investigation and more.

"The Redmond Citizen Police Academy is a great way to learn about all the responsibilities, functions, standards and expectations of our police department," said Redmond resident Marie Emerson, who attended the academy in 1999 and again in 2012. "In addition to hearing stories 'from the streets' you gain a solid appreciation for the ongoing training that Redmond officers receive."

The 2013 Citizen Police Academy begins Wednesday, March 20 and takes place for a total of ten consecutive Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m. Priority is given to those who work or live within the Redmond city limits and apply before the Feb. 28 priority deadline.

For more information and applications, visit www.redmond.gov/PublicSafety/Police/tips/policeacademy.

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