Citizens police academy to include SWAT, courts, firearms simulations

The Miami Twp. Police Department is planning a citizens police academy.

The purpose of the 10-week program – which is set to begin March 5 – is to provide citizens with the opportunity to learn first-hand about police operations, according to the department.

Participants will “learn how to differentiate between fact and fiction with regard to police operations, and to foster a better understanding and communication between the police and the public,” police said in announcing the program.

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Among the topics to be covered, according to police:

•An overview of police department organization and operations;

•Criminal law and courtroom procedure;

•Criminal, traffic and special investigations;

•Evidence handling and processing;

•Firearms simulations;

•Patrol functions:

•SWAT operations.

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The academy, which is limited to 20 students, will be on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Instructors will be Miami Twp. police personnel.

Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Applicants are not required to live or work in Miami Twp. but applicants who do live or work in Miami Twp. will receive preference, according to the department.

Those interested may pick up an application at the police department Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or request one electronically via email with Sgt. Jason Etter.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Feb. 21. Contact Etter with any questions at (937) 433-2906 or

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