Mark D. Segalla, Chief of Police
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Reading Police Department to Host Citizens Police Academy
READING — Chief Mark D. Segalla is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department will offer a Citizens Police Academy (CPA) for the first time in nine years this fall.
The CPA will run from Sept. 14 to Nov. 9, with a graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the last class. Participation is free and sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Class size is limited to 25 students.
As a part of the CPA, participants will learn about firearms, detectives, investigations, emergency response, the role of police in schools, community policing, crime prevention, traffic safety, accident investigations, patrol procedures, O.U.I. procedures, domestic violence, dispatch procedures, S.W.A.T. and Regional Response Teams, and substance abuse.
After graduating from the academy, participants can schedule a ride along with a Reading police officer. Attendance at six classes is required for participation in the ride along program.
“The overall goal of the Citizens Police Academy is understanding through education,” Chief Segalla said. “This will be an engaging and valuable experience, so we encourage any interested residents to apply for the academy.”
Interested participants can sign up for the academy by emailing Community Service Officer Kristen Stasiak at [email protected] or calling 781-942-6752. More information about the CPA can be found on the town’s website.