Conyers Police sets annual Citizens Police Academy

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Conyers Police Department (CPD) is accepting applicants for its Citizens Police Academy for local clergy and citizens. Applications are due by Sept. 1.

The Citizens Police Academy is a free, 11-week course held every Tuesday beginning Sept. 13. Each session will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and most sessions will take place in the Conyers Police Department training room at 1194 Scott Street.

“The Citizens Police Academy is one of our most popular community outreach programs,” said Police Chief Gene Wilson. “This behind-the-scenes glimpse into law enforcement is a favorite with citizens because it is so hands-on and interactive.”

Academy participants will learn about the various divisions of the CPD, solve a mock crime scene, obtain identity fraud and cybercrime tips, and participate in various scenarios utilizing a judgmental shooting simulator.

“The Citizens Police academy was very informative. Every citizen should enroll in this class and should experience a shoot, no shoot scenario,” said the Rev. Al Sadler of the Church of New Beginnings.  Rev. Sadler participated in the first ever Clergy Police Academy last year.

Participants will also be educated on officers’ use of Tasers and have a chance to run laser devices on trafficked roadways.  They will spend one evening with CPD’s Special Response Team as well.

Those interested in participating in the Citizens Police Academy can go to the Conyers Police website to download an application.  For questions, contact Sergeant Peggy Franklin at 678-374-5603. There is no charge to participate in the academy and participants must be over the age of 18. The class is limited to 20 participants. For an application, visit:

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