Citizens Academy to begin in June

The Oneonta Police Department has announced that the first Citizens Academy will begin in June.

“We hope to make the academy both fun and informative,” said Oneonta police chief James Chapman. “We are still working to firm up some of the specifics about the academy. Whether to meet one day a week or two, how long the sessions will last, how many weeks the academy will run, and other things of that nature.

“ We hope to present information in an atmosphere that will be enjoyable for those that are participating. Part of our time in the classroom will be devoted to general law enforcement and the statutes we enforce. The other part of the class will be more procedural – and that also will include an introduction to firearms.”

The classes will be taught by members of the department, according to Chapman, although guest instructors from other agencies could also be involved in the teaching aspect.

The first session of Citizens Academy will begin on June 14 and those wishing to participate must be at least 21 years of age and able to pass a basic background check. For more information, contact Chapman or Sgt. Steve Gunn at 625-4351.