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Rincon PD ready to start second edition of citizens academy
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The Rincon Police Department is ready to take applications for its next citizens police academy.

Chief Phillip Scholl said the second class is set to begin Jan. 7, 2014, and will run through March 31. The citizens police academy was started to foster greater awareness and understanding between the police department and residents. During the course, participants will learn the mission, procedures, techniques, problems, dangers and experiences of Rincon Police officers.

Applications will be taken through Nov. 25.

“That will give us time to review the applications and get everybody notified,” Scholl said.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and willing to submit to a background check. They also must sign a waiver of liability. Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. at the Rincon Police Department. Applications will be taken at the police department Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. each day through Nov. 25. Each applicant must possess a valid picture ID, and applications can be notarized at the police department, if the applicant is present.

The chief said he wanted to keep the class limited to 20 participants. Last year’s class started with 16 and eventually had 12 graduate. There is no fee and it is not limited to Rincon citizens, though they will get priority on being chosen.

“It’s a big commitment, one night a week,” Scholl said.

But those who finished the first citizens police academy are helping to spread the word about the class, the chief added.

“The ones who did it are out advertising it,” he said. “It worked out pretty well. We’re looking forward to it.”