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Police academy offered to Simi Valley citizens

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 11, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
If you ever wanted to learn about policing and criminal justice, here's a great opportunity. The Simi Valley Police Department is offering a citizens academy to members of the community. It will be coordinated through the police department's auxiliary services unit and students will receive instruction from representatives of the police department and the Ventura County district attorney's office.

You must be 18 years or older and live or work in Simi Valley. You also can't be convicted of a felony or have any pending criminal cases against you. Applicants will have to undergo an extensive criminal background check before they can be accepted into the program.

Classes will focus on drug enforcement, K-9, patrol, investigations, gangs, crime analysis, emergency services, S.W.A.T., traffic enforcement and the criminal justice system.

The classes take place once a week for eleven weeks starting on Jan. 10, 2010. The sessions are being held at the Simi Valley Police Department from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Class sizes are limited to 35 people and there is no charge to attend.

If you are interested, please call (805) 583-6927 to schedule an interview.