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Citizens Police Academy offers real life scenario
Manteca Police officers simulate the search for a dangerous felon in a commercial building – one of several interactive elements that students in the upcoming Citizens’ Police Academy will undergo. Officers from front to rear in the “stack” search formation are Eva Steele, Victor Vincent, April Smith, Jason Hensley and Sgt. Ralph Colin. - photo by GLENN KAHL
The 2011 Manteca Police Citizens’ Police Academy promises to be filled with action for participating members of the community.

Coordinator for the event, Officer Jason Hensley, said members of the public are not going to just be sitting in class for the duration of the academy.  

“This program will expose students to all aspects of police work conducted by members of the Manteca Police Department,” he said.

The eight-week series of classes begin on February 9 and will continue through March 30.

Students are going to have the opportunity to be exposed to firearms at the shooting range and pursuit driving as well as bomb disposal, traffic enforcement, crisis negotiations, SWAT enforcement, narcotics and gang enforcement.  Organizational structure and management along with communications have been added to the long list this year.

Participants will go through actual building search scenarios in typical “stack” formations at the front door of a building looking for a possible burglar in an actual business facade.

Officers from the department’s SWAT team are scheduled to lead students through warrant services in situations where it is unknown whether the wanted suspect is armed and possibly lying in wait for them to enter a home.

The citizens’ academy is going to be meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Manteca Police Department.  The cost of the class is $20 with a limit of 30 students.

Those wishing to participate may obtain an application from the police records desk at city hall or by calling Officer Jason Hensley at (209) 456-8149.