DeKalb County Police Department to host citizen and youth academies

Those interested in learning more about self-defense, safety and how the police department operates can join the DeKalb County Police Department’s upcoming Youth Academy for minors or Citizens Academy for adults.

The Youth Academy is described as an opportunity for DeKalb County children ages 14 to 17 to learn how their police department works. During the one-day, in-person program on July 30, students will be given an overview of the department’s various units, including the K9 unit, SWAT and Crime Scene unit. They will also learn what to do when they encounter police, stated officials.

“I think it is important for our youth to have dialogue with their local police,” said DeKalb Police Chief Mirtha Ramos. “We want them to learn about us as we learn about them and hear their concerns.”

Applications are now being accepted for the Youth Academy.

Later in August, the DeKalb County Police Department will host its Citizens Academy during virtual sessions.

Beginning Aug. 24 and running through Oct. 26, participants in the Citizens Academy can learn more about the police department through classes covering topics such as police scenarios, use of force, self-defense, gun safety, internal affairs, and crisis intervention.

Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Wednesday while the Citizens Academy is in session.

Participants are required to be at least 21 years old, live or work in DeKalb County, have no prior felony convictions and must consent to a background check.

There is no cost to participate in either program.

Those interested in participating in either academy may request an application by emailing or calling Shanethia Robinson at smrobinson@dekalbcountyga.gov or (770) 482-0336. A parent or legal guardian may need to request an application for the Youth Academy.

The deadline for the Citizens Academy application is Aug 17.

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