Join Grafton’s men (and women) in blue

I received this release from the police department and all I could hear in my head was the intro to “Charlie’s Angels.” “Once upon a time, three little girls went to the police academy…”

But this looks kind of cool, if a bit less glamorous:

The members of the Grafton Police Department would like to invite Town residents to participate in the Grafton Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy which will begin on March 25, 2009. The Academy will meet on Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Grafton Police Headquarters located at 28 Providence Road.  There will be a total of 10 classes including graduation.

The Citizen Police Academy is an important component of the Grafton Police Department’s community policing and public outreach program. Its purpose is to provide a forum whereby participants can develop a basic understanding of how the police department functions.  It will also provide opportunities for ongoing communication between members of the community and the police department.

Each three-hour session will cover a variety of subjects including: Grafton Police history and tour of the police station, patrol procedures, search and seizure, motor vehicle laws, accident reconstruction, drug identification/enforcement and trends, domestic violence, crime scene investigation, driving while intoxicated enforcement, firearms law/safety including range use and a tour of the Worcester County House of Correction.  During each session, participants will be able to ask questions and interact with Academy instructors.

An integral component of the Academy is the participation in a police patrol ride along.  This will be scheduled to take place outside normal class time at a mutually convenient time for staff and participants.  A two-hour time slot will be arranged for the participant to ride and accompany the patrol officer on service calls.  This unique experience is important in creating a true understanding of what an officer’s job is like and contributes to an exciting and interactive learning experience.

While we realize that it may not be possible to attend every session, we ask that participants miss no more than two classes.  Upon successful completion of the Citizen Police Academy, each participant will be invited to attend the Citizen Police Academy graduation ceremony. The Academy is free of charge however, enrollment is limited to 30 students.

Potential candidates must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of Grafton
  • Have no felony convictions (must consent to a background check)
  • Have no misdemeanor convictions within one year of application.

Citizen Police Academy application forms are available at the Grafton Police Department located at 28 Providence Road.  You may also download and print out the application form from the Citizen Police Academy application link located on our web site, www.graftonpolice.com

Completed applications should be returned no later than Friday, March 20, 2009 to the Grafton Police Department c/o Lt. Wayne Tripp.  We will contact you to confirm your selection to participate.

For more information, please contact Lt. Tripp, the Citizen Police Academy Coordinator at 508-839-2858, ext. 125.

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9 thoughts on “Join Grafton’s men (and women) in blue

  1. I highly recommend this program. The Grafton Police offered this same program several years ago, and my wife and I both attended. It’s very educational…and it’s fun too.

    I was reminded of it when Jenn mentioned in her previous post about providing alcohol to her co-workers, and then having them submit to a breath test. Well, that is also part of this program. They pull names out of a hat of classmates to spend half the class drinking in the police station while the remainder stay in the classroom and learn how to conduct a field sobriety test. After so many bears, you blow into the machine and you can see how intoxicated you are becoming. I was surprised at how quickly you can get to the legal limit.

    You will also be surprised at the day in the life of a Grafton cop. For a little ‘burb like ours there is a lot of action. Drugs…gangs, (That’s right…gangs in Grafton!). Rt. 140 is a primary drug trafficking route from Worcester to Providence.

    My favorite part (And eye-opener) was getting to spend a night-time shift doing a “Ride” with one of the cops. That part was volunteer, and you had to sign up for availability. But it was fun.

  2. Ha ha…my bad…but you know what I meant. (Beers…I love the spell checkers) I write computer code…not the real English language.

    BTW…Everyone took the test after the same amount of beer, and none of us registered the same.

  3. Are you kidding? The joke around here is all it takes is a mention of alcohol and I can’t feel my knees. Following those lines, I’ve probably been in the bag since around 6 a.m.!

  4. If everyone commented on my spelling/grammar, Greatergrafton would hit 3,000 comments by the end of the week. 🙂

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