New Canaan Police on Monday opened applications for a re-launched program designed to forge even stronger bonds between the department’s officers and wider community.
The 2017 Civilian Police Academy will run 6 to 9 p.m., one night per week from April 18 to June 13, according to a press bulletin issued by Chief Leon Krolikowski.
Billed as an opportunity for residents to gain “hands-on” experience of the department’s operations, the program will be limited to about 20 people, the chief told members of the Police Commission at their regular monthly meeting on Monday night.
“We are looking to build better relations with those who attend the class,” Krolikowski said at the meeting, held in Town Hall.
Applications, embedded below and available on the department’s website here (along with a program brochure), are due March 31. The training includes classroom courses in firearms, traffic enforcement, domestic violence, use-of-force and a department overview.
Preference will be given to town residents. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and have no felony or misdemeanor convictions. A standard background check will be completed, according to Krolikowski.
Krolikowski said the department benefits in many ways from the program—which had run years ago but had been discontinued—including by gathering feedback from resident participants. Depending on the interest level, NCPD could launch a second session in the fall, he said.
For more information, contact Sgt. Brian Mitchell at Brian.Mitchell@newcanaanct.gov or 203-594-3506.