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State police offers Citizens’ Academy

The Michigan State Police “Citizens’ Academy,” an eight-week program that gives citizens the opportunity to become familiar with the mission and operation of Michigan State Police, is beginning a new session next month.

The program will teach participants to understand the procedures troopers follow, increase their awareness of law enforcement’s role in the community and get to know personnel at their local post.

Over the eight-week academy, participants will learn from field experts in the areas of patrol, dispatch, first aid, use of force, personal safety, crime prevention, traffic safety, the legal system, criminal investigations and drug awareness.

The next academy will begin May 4 and conclude June 29; there will be no class May 25.

The academy will take place 10 a.m. to noon at the Sturgis Enrichment Center.

Sign up can be done by phoning 279-8083. Applications also are available at the Commission on Aging in Sturgis and Three Rivers.

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