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MPPD Citizen Police Academy offers free classes beginning Sept. 12

  • Monday, August 12, 2013

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is recruiting citizens to enroll in the upcoming Mount Pleasant Citizen Police Academy beginning Sept. 12. “The Mount Pleasant Police Department believes its service delivery must incorporate a shared responsibility with the community and motivate the strengths of neighborhoods.

Critical to the success of this shared responsibility are well-informed citizens who have an awareness of the mission, resources, practices and services of the department.

To that end, the Mount Pleasant Police Department has developed a 10-week Citizen Police Academy for the residents of Mount Pleasant,” said Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie.

The Mount Pleasant Citizen Police Academy – the third of its kind in South Carolina – provides a chance for the citizens of Mount Pleasant to understand the various aspects of the police department on a more personal level and to closely interact with its members.

A wide range of topics will be discussed to include, but not limited to, national accreditation, operations, uniform patrol, traffic services and investigations.

“Community involvement is the most powerful, efficient and practical force any local law enforcement agency has in the fight against crime,” said Crime Prevention Officer Bryce Gregory.

“The department wants to encourage the citizens of the town to become active partners with their police department by working together to identify solutions and strategies to the problems facing Mount Pleasant.

“More than just an educational opportunity for citizens, the academy has proven beneficial to the police department as well.

“Several graduates have become volunteers for the police department, good will ambassadors for the Town of Mount Pleasant and promoters of the academy itself.”

Meeting only on Thursdays, one day a week for 10 weeks, from 6 until 8 p.m., these classes will allow flexibility for voluntary portions of the program.

Class size will be limited to 20 students of at least 18 years of age who have successfully completed the application process.

The next class is scheduled to begin on Sept. 12.

The classes will take place at the Mount Pleasant Police Department, 100 Ann

Edwards Lane. Anyone interested in enrolling in the Citizen Police Academy should contact Crime Prevention Officer Bryce Gregory at 843-849-2779 or email him at bgregory@tompsc.com.

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