Johnston Police to offer Citizens Police Academy

Posted 7/30/21

The Johnston Police Department is gearing up for their Citizens Police Academy, with recruitment set to begin on Aug. 4.

The academy is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to strengthen …

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Johnston Police to offer Citizens Police Academy

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The Johnston Police Department is gearing up for their Citizens Police Academy, with recruitment set to begin on Aug. 4.

The academy is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to strengthen relationships with the community and to help residents become more familiar with police proceedings. It is designed to increase understanding of law enforcement’s responsibilities and provide attendees with a glimpse of what life is like behind a badge.

“This academy will provide Johnston residents the opportunity to interact with the officers of the Johnston Police Department and see a small glimpse of what being a police officer is all about,” said Johnston Police Chief Joseph Razza.

The nine week program will offer an overview of major law enforcement topics, including patrol operations, traffic enforcement, crime scene processing, special responses, emergency management, operations and training, criminal law and prosecution.

“Participants can expect to conduct motor vehicle stops with Johnston Police cruisers, learn about and physically handle police equipment, and learn the process of removing impaired operators from the roadway to name a few of the many topics that will be covered,” said Captain Joseph Salvadore, who will help facilitate the academy.

The academy will be held every Tuesday beginning September 7, with classes running from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Johnston Police headquarters. Admission to the academy is free, but class size is limited to 20 people, and residents are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

“Members of the department are looking forward for residents to gain an insight on what officers do on a daily basis,” said Salvadore.

Requirements to take part in the academy include a criminal background check and license check. Applicants must be 18 years old and a Johnston to participate.

“Law enforcement is ever evolving and does not take place in a vacuum, it is very challenging, but can be a highly rewarding career,” said Razza. “We encourage our residents to take this opportunity to interact with our officers and see what policing is like.”

Applications may be picked up at the Johnston Police Department’s headquarters, located at 1651 Atwood Ave., between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. beginning August 4. For more information, those interested may call 231-4210, extension 3127, to speak with Captain Joseph Salvadore. 

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