METHUEN — Curious about the inner workings of your Police Department? Want to have the knowledge to prevent you and your family from becoming victims of scams and identity theft?
If you are, then come get some answers starting on Feb. 28, when the Police Department and Senior Activity Center team up for a six-week Police Academy.
“This is a great way for the public to see the way the Police Department really works,” said Lt. Kevin Mahoney., THE BROADCASTER Body:
“We’ll explain the different areas of the department,” Mahoney said. “We’ll tell the seniors what the goals are in those areas and how each of the departments helps each other.”
The academy will feature demonstrations from the K-9 and bloodhound units, along with safety tips seniors can use every day.
“This academy helps establish a relationship with the seniors,” Mahoney said. “(The Police Department) is a lot more than crime solving. We want them to feel comfortable with us, and let them know what we can provide for them.”
The academy is not just for the public; it is just as important to the police. “We’re looking forward to working with the community,” Mahoney said. “It’s enjoyable for us as well, and it’s a great way for us to meet the community.”
The Police Academy will be held Wednesdays at the Senior Activity Center, 77 Lowell St., from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with graduation on April 4.
The program is limited to 25. Those interested should sign up in the main office.
Mahoney said those who couldn’t get into the first Police Academy will have top priority to enroll in future academies.