Field-sobriety test

Citizens’ police academy participant Linda Busacca performs a field-sobriety test on a volunteer during a previous year’s class.

The Newark Police Department is seeking applicants for its citizens police academy, which will return for the 15th year this fall.

“The program is designed to give citizens who are interested in learning about law enforcement a unique opportunity to observe firsthand the various duties and responsibilities of a police officer,” Lt. Andrew Rubin said.

The free program runs from Sept. 23 to Nov. 11 and will meet every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the police station, 220 S. Main St.

Topics covered include traffic enforcement, crime scene investigation, use of force, firearms, police culture, patrol procedures and the K-9 unit. Participants will also get to do a ride-along with an officer and visit the police shooting range.

NPD will accept applications through Aug. 27. Participants must be 18 or older. Preference will be given to Newark residents.

Those interested can apply at newarkde.gov/police or pick up an application at the police station.

Those interested should contact Master Cpl. Will Smith at wsmith@newark.de.us or 302-366-7100, ext. 3413.

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