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Community Police Academy Accepting Applications

Nov 18, 2016 10:15AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Ever wanted to learn more about the police department? Now's your chance, when you sign up to take part in the Manhattan Beach Community Police Academy, a ten-week program starting in January.

The objective of the academy is to create a growing nucleus of well-informed citizens who seek to familiarize themselves with the people who serve as officers and what they do within their community. The curriculum will cover police procedures, programs and policies, with each section highlighting different divisions (i.e. Patrol, SWAT, K-9, Traffic & Detectives). Sections will be led by Manhattan Beach police officers, support personnel, as well as management staff.

The first session will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2017, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Classes will continue every Thursday and will culminate with a graduation ceremony on March 16, 2017.

The academy is not intended to prepare citizens for street duty as police officers. Instead, participants will become closely familiar with the operations of the Manhattan Beach Police Department and allow the department to build stronger connections in the community.

To participate, residents must submit an academy application for review to determine suitability for the program. Additionally, applicants must meet the following criteria:

-Must be at least 18 years old
-Must reside or work within the City of Manhattan Beach
-Must not have felony convictions
-Must not be wanted for any crime
-Must submit to a limited background check (to include: warrants & criminal history)

The academy is limited to 20 participants. Remaining candidates will be placed on a wait list for the next session.

For more program information, please call Officer Kristie Colombo (310) 802-5184 or email Academy Applications and brochures are available online at

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